Jul. 30, 1806 Concord Cabarrus County North Carolina, USA
Sep. 1, 1873 White Sulphur Springs Greenbrier County West Virginia, USA
US Congressman, US Diplomat. An 1826 graduate of the University of North Carolina, he studied law and was admitted to the North Carolina State Bar Association. He was elected as a Whig to represent North Carolina's 2nd and 3rd Districts in the United States House of Representatives, serving from 1843 to 1849. Soon after leaving his Congressional seat in 1849 he was appointed by President Zachary Taylor as United States Minister to Spain, a diplomatic post served until 1853. In 1861 he was one of the delegates to the Peace Conference that unsuccessfully attempted to find compromise during the Secession Crisis and avoid civil war. His younger brother, Rufus Barringer, served in the Confederate States Army as a Brigadier General.