Name: Orion Metcalf Barber
Reference Number: 1978
Sex: M 1
Birth: 13 JUL 1856 in Jamaica (VT?)
Encyclopedia - Vermont Biography; Compiled and edited by Prentiss C. Dodge, Burlington, VT: Ulleby Publishing Co., 1912; p. 109:
BARBER, Orion Metcalf, Bennington. Judge United States court customs appeals. Born Jamaica, July 13, 1857; son of Emmons Daniel and Lucia A.(Pierce) Barber. Educated at Bernardston (Mass.) Academy, Leland and Gray Seminary, Townshend; Perkins Institute, Woodstock; and Albany (N.Y.) LawSchool. In 1898 married Alice Mabel Norton of Benningenton; they have three children, Lucia Pierce and Mab Norton, born Aug 24 1899; and NortonBarber, July 10, 1908. Practiced law at Arlington and Benningenton 1882 to 1910. A Republican; states attorney Benningenton County 1886-87;represented Arlington in the Legislltature 1892; senator from Bennington County 1894; member of commmittee to revise statutes 1892-4; railroadcommissioner 1894-6; chairman of committee to publish statutes 1894-5; auditor of accounts 1898-1902; delegate to Replubican national convention1896; chairman of special tax commission 1906-8; chairman of special committee to prepare and public Digest Vermont Reports 1909; appointed judgeU.S. court customs appearls 1910. Member of Masonic fraternity, Commandery and Mystic Shrine; Order of Elks, and Bennington Social Club.
Genealogical and Family History of the State of Vermont... (abt. 1903?) compiled by Hon. Hiram Carlton, volume I.
Orion M. Barber, a prominent of the Vermont Bar, and the present state auditor, who has at various times also rendered highly useful public servicein other important positions, is a native of the state, born in Jamaica, Windham County, July 13, 1857. He comes from an old and honored New Englandfamily, many members of which were conspicuous in higher walks of life. His paternal grandfather, Daniel M. Barber, was born in Massachusetts, July2, 1777, and died in June, 1843, at the age of sixty-six years. He was a farmer by occupation and a man of much force of character, and his mentalvigor was inherited by his descendants. He married Rhoda Cushing, who was born March 23, 1781, and died December 9, 1833. She was a daughter ofSolomon and Polly (Burr) Cushing, and her mother traced her ancestry to a Boston family of 1638, among whose descendants were many who became notedfigures in the history of Massachusetts-- judges in the state courts and upon the supreme bench of the United States, and one as a congressman from1830 to 1837, and one of the number was a Harvard graduate in 1825.
David M. and Rhoda (Cushing) Barber were the parents of Emmons D. Barber, who was born in Townshend, Vermont, where he spent a useful life and diedin Wardsboro, in 1898, at the age of sixty-three years. He was a farmer by occupation, a man of intelligence and sterling character. He was marriedto Lucia A. Pierce, a daughter of Abijah Pierce, who was born in Jamaica, May 29, 1792; her death occurred March 19, 1885.
Orion M. Barber, son of Emmons and Lucia A. (Pierce) Barber, began his education in the common schools and pursued advanced courses in Bernardston(Massachusetts) Academy and the Institute of South Woodstock and subsequently took a classical course at Leland and Gray Seminary at Townshend,Vermont. With this ample preparation and after teaching school for several terms and holding the position of school superintendent in Arlington, heentered upon the study of law under masterly preceptorship of J. K. Batchelder, in Arlington. He afterward entered the Albany (New York) Law School,and was graduated from that institution in 1882. Immediately afterward he entered upon practice in association with his law preceptor before named,and the partnership was maintained for six years. During the eight succeeding years Mr. Barber practiced alone, and in 1896 became a law partner ofJudge Darling, of Bennington. This relationship has been profitably continued to the present time, in the interests of a clientele fairlyrepresentative of the largest personal and corporate concerns in the state. The principal burden of labor has devolved upon Mr. Barber since thebeginning of the Roosevelt administration, when Judge Darling was called to the position of assistant secretary of the navy, necessitating hispresence in Washington city during the larger part of the time. The firm maintains offices in Arlington as well as in Bennington, and their lawlibrary is famed as the most extensive in the state.
Mr. Barber, in addition to caring for his large practice, has at various times given attention to important official duties committed to him. In1886-87 he served as state's attorney for Bennington county. In 1892 he was made a member of a committee appointed to revise the Vermont statutes,and two years later was made chairman of a committee charged with the editing and publication of the same. While he was thus employed, he was also,in 1894, appointed by Governor Woodbury and confirmed by the senate, to the office of railroad commissioner for a term of two years. In 1898 he waselected state auditor and he occupies that position at the present time, having been re-elected in 1900 for a two years' term.
Mr. Barber holds high rank in the State Bar Association,in which he maintains a deep interest. In politics he is a Republican, and he is favorablyknown throughout the state as a most earnest and capable exponent of the principles ad policies of that party. He has taken an active part in everylocal and county convention since attaining his majority. He has also figured prominently in the various state conventions; in 1896 he was one ofthe delegates to the national convention which nominated McKinley for the presidency; in 1903 he performed yeoman service as state manager of thecampaign for General McCullough, the regular Republican nominee for governor, in the most severe contest that was ever waged for the gubernatorialchair in Vermont, and the success of his candidate before the legislature attests the value of his services in this connection. Mr. Barber wasmarried June 30, 1898, to Miss Alice Norton, a daughter of Luman P. Norton, and a native of Bennington. Of this union were born twin daughters,Lucia P. and Mab N. Barber. Mr. Barber has been a member of the Masonic order since attaining his majority and has taken degrees of the council,chapter and commandery, and is a Noble of the Mystic Shrine.
Father: Emmons D. Barber b: 23 MAR 1825
Mother: Lucia G. Pierce b: 16 JAN 1823
Alice Mabel Norton b: ABT 1860 in Bennington
30 JUN 1898
in Bennington, VT?
- Lucia Pierce Barber b: 24 AUG 1899 in Bennington, VT?
- Mab Norton Barber b: 24 AUG 1899 in Bennington, VT?
- Norton Barber b: 10 JUL 1903 in Bennington, VT?
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