Laird Howard Barber

U.S. Congressperson

1848 – 1928

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Who was Laird Howard Barber?

Laird Howard Barber was a Democratic member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Pennsylvania.

Laird Howard Barber born on a farm near Mifflinburg, Pennsylvania. He prepared for college in the Mifflinburg Academy, and graduated from Lafayette College in Easton, Pennsylvania, in 1871. He taught school at Mount Carmel, Pennsylvania and was principal of the Mauch Chunk Public Schools from 1875 to 1880.

He studied law, was admitted to the bar in Carbon County, Pennsylvania, in 1881, and commenced practice at Mauch Chunk. He was elected in 1890 a director of the Mauch Chunk School Board and served as president and treasurer, and also served as secretary of the town council.

He was an unsuccessful candidate for election in 1896. Barber was elected as a Democrat to the Fifty-sixth Congress. He was not a candidate for renomination in 1900. He resumed the practice of law in Mauch Chunk. In 1913, he was elected president judge of the fifty-sixth judicial district of Pennsylvania. He was reelected in 1923 and served until his death in Mauch Chunk in 1928. Interment in Evergreen Cemetery in East Mauch Chunk, Pennsylvania.

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Oct 25, 1848
Also known as
  • Judge Laird Howard Barber
  • United States of America
Feb 16, 1928

on July 23, 2013


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