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Oliver Barber
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Birth: Dec. 10, 1816
Franklin County
Pennsylvania, USA
Death: Oct. 24, 1895
Lawrence
Douglas County
Kansas, USA

One of the foremost figures in the life of Kansas during the territorial and early statehood period. Oliver and his brother Thomas came to Kansas in May 1854 but Oliver returned to Indiana shortly after. Thomas was murdered by a band of ruffians in December 1855 and Oliver returned to Kansas.

Oliver had been in Kansas only a short time when the people of his community came to look upon him as a leader in public affairs. In 1858 and again in 1859 he was elected a county commissioner. While still serving in that capacity he was elected a member of the Territorial Legislature. Kansas was admitted to the union in 1861 and he was chosen a member of its first State Legislature. In June, 1862, President Lincoln appointed him commissary with the rank of captain, and for a little more than two years he served on the staff of Gen. James C . Blunt. Ill health finally compelled him to resign his commission. In the fall of 1864 Mr. Barber was elected a member of the Kansas State Senate and sat in that body for two years.

In 1878, when sixty-two years of age, Mr. Barber was elected treasurer of Douglas County, and in 1879 was re-elected for another term of three years. Oliver died October 24, 1895, when nearly eighty years of age. 
 
Burial:
Oak Hill Cemetery
Lawrence
Douglas County
Kansas, USA
Plot: Section 1
 
Created by: Brian
Record added: Apr 27, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 89207025
Oliver Barber
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Oliver Barber
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Oliver Barber
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