|Birth: ||Sep. 16, 1837|
|Death: ||Jul. 28, 1889|
John was almost 52 years of age.
the cause of death, was: congestion of the brain [per article in New York Times].
His parents were: Daniel H. Barr and Mary (Haney) Barr.
many Thanks to: Patrick Trimble, who provided a great deal of Family info., & news articles, etc.
Pittsburgh Post, Monday, 29 July 1889
CALLED AWAY SUDDENLY
The Unexpected Death of Mr. John C. Barr
A BRILLIANT CAREER CUT SHORT,
Some Points of Interest in the Life of the Deceased as a Newspaper Man, and Politician
In the death of John C. Barr, which occurred yesterday morning at his late residence, No 185? Meyran avenue, the light of one of the most sagacious politicians, pungent writers, and brightest newspaper men, was suddenly and unexpectedly extinguished.
The deceased was the third son of Daniel H. Barr, of Blairsville, and Mary Haney, of Westchester, PA.
He was born on Sept. 16, 1837, and was consequently fifty-two years old.
He read law in the office of John Mellon and subsequently was a clerk in the office of the surveyor general at Harrisburg when that position was held by the late Colonel James P. Barr, from 1863 to 1868.
He was afterward city editor of THE POST for some time. Succeeding this he was admitted to the Pittsburgh bar and formed a law partnership with the late Marshall Swartzwelder.
In time he gave up law, and held an official post in the Philadelphia office of the Texas Pacific Railway.
He deserted this for a government place in the Coast Survey office in Washington, during which time he was also correspondent for two New York dailies -- the World and Times.
Coming to Pittsburgh he again engaged in newspaper work, and was employed on the (Pittsburgh) Chronicle-Telegraph at the time of his death.
John C. Barr as a politician, literateur and newspaper man will occupy a high place in the history of the State (of PA).
He attended all the State and national Democratic conventions from that of Charleston in 1860 until that of 1884.
For years he was secretary of the State committee of his party, and his political sagacity? and judgment were so highly esteemed that his advice was sought by all of the great party leaders.
He was a man of peculiar foresight, and his faction was usually the one that named the candidate.
In 1876 he was a strong Hancock supporter, and urged that soldier's claims with vigor and almost success. He had prepared a mass of campaign literature that while not utilized on this occasion was of great value in 1880.
He was high in the counsel of his party during the campaign that placed Robert E. Pattison in the Pennsylvania gubernatorial chair, and one of his successful movements was the making of Samuel F. Patterson, of Lawrenceville, speaker of the house of State representatives.
For 22 years from 1860 to 1882 he was a foremost figure in politics, and thanks to his fertile brain and inexhaustible store of information are many Democratic victories due.
His literary ability was unquestioned and of no mean order. He prepared several classical treatises of exceptioal worth. His Annotations of Shakespeare was a carefully prepared work begun for personal profit and amusement, but resulting in a valuable manuscript.
Several New York publishing firms offered him inducements to dispose of the book to them, but all offers were declined owing to the haste with which the notes were prepared.
He had one of the most complete political libraries in the country.
Loved and respected as a father, no fonder parent could be found. To know him was to esteem and admire him for his many good qualities of heart and mind.
In the newspaper business he ranked foremost. He was possessed of a quaint and charming style that when occasion required he developed into one of much force and vigor.
Never too keen at satire, he sense of the ridiculous was acute, and gentle raillery pitched in the choicest vein made even the victim smile.
His acquaintance of public men was probably larger than that of any other person in the State.
State and national characters were all personally known to him, and this fact was largely responsible for his exceptional worth as a newspaper man. His memory will always live in local journalistic annals.
Mr. Barr was married to Sarah A. Toner in 1864, and leaves a wife and six children, three boys and three girls.
a brother that pre-deceased him, Colonel James P. Barr, was the founder of THE POST, was an editor and politician of national repute.
The deceased was the uncle of Albert J. Barr, President of THE POST Publishing Company.
Saint Mary Catholic Cemetery
Lawrenceville (Allegheny County)
Created by: C. Dean
Record added: Jan 18, 2013
Find A Grave Memorial# 103737894
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