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David Robert Barclay
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Birth: Jun. 21, 1827
Elderton
Armstrong County
Pennsylvania, USA
Death: Sep. 11, 1886
Saint Louis
St. Louis City
Missouri, USA

Lawyer, journalist and author. After attending private schools in Pennsylvania until the age of fourteen, he decided to learn a trade rather than obtain a college education. He selected that of a printer, and wishing to become a journalist, went in the office of the "Genius of Liberty," a Democratic newspaper in Uniontown, Pennsylvania where he learned not only the printer's trade but the principles of the Democratic party so thoroughly that he never forsook them. Here he also acquired his love of reading and his taste for politics and for general historical research. He became a printer and bookkeeper in the city of Philadelphia in 1846, but left that city the following year when he became a clerk on an Ohio River steamboat, owned by his brother-in-law, Captain Thomas Gregg. After his brother-in-law's death in 1849, he entered the steamboat trade on Southern rivers. He visited a relative in St. Louis in 1850 and was convinced to forsake river life and become a resident of that city. He worked as a bookkeeper for a while and then opened a general collection agency. He had been reading and studying law for many years and was admitted to the bar of St. Louis in 1854. In 1857 he began his work known as "Barclay's Digest of the Decision of the Supreme Court of Missouri," which was considered a valuable and necessary acquisition to every law library. He was arrested as a southern sympathizer in 1862, being one of the first civilians placed therein. After two months' imprisonment without trial, no charges having been made against him, he was released without bond. While in Cincinnati, Ohio, he was arrested by General Burnside's order, but was released by him after only two days. His first effort to resume active business after the end of the war came in 1865. He purchased abstracts, records and maps from Thomas Marshall and opened an office for the investigation of real estate titles and conveyancing. He soon after was employed as an assistant for Mr. H. W. Williams and entered into partnership with him. He retired from this firm after four years. Still desiring to enter the field of journalism, he then purchased a one-third interest in the St. Louis "Evening Dispatch," in 1872 and then bought the entire interest and became the sold owner. Four years later he dissolved all connection with that journal and never entered into any other permanent business venture. 
 
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 Spouses:
  Mary Melinda Shepard Barclay (1827 - 1904)*
  Sarah Virginia Watson Barclay (1832 - 1852)*
 
 Children:
  Robert Barclay (1857 - 1927)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Bellefontaine Cemetery
Saint Louis
St. Louis City
Missouri, USA
Plot: Lot 229 Block 82
 
Created by: Connie Nisinger
Record added: Jun 13, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 38295767
David Robert Barclay
Added by: Connie Nisinger
 
David Robert Barclay
Added by: Connie Nisinger
 
David Robert Barclay
Added by: Connie Nisinger
 
 
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