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John Barton Payne

  • Birth 26 Jan 1855 Virginia, USA
  • Death 24 Jan 1935 Washington, District of Columbia, District Of Columbia, USA
  • Burial Washington, District of Columbia, District Of Columbia, USA
  • Plot Reno Hill, Lot 694
  • Memorial ID 6869423

Presidential Cabinet Secretary. Born in Pruntytown, West Virginia, he was a lawyer in practice when he entered politics as the chairman of the Preston County Democratic Party in 1881. He moved to Chicago, Illinois, in 1883, was elected a Superior Court Judge serving (1893-98) and was the president of the Chicago's South Park Board, (1911-24). After the outbreak of World War I, he went to Washington D.C. to act as the counsel for the Emergency Fleet Corporation and was on the national railroad administration board. In 1919, President Woodrow Wilson appointed him Secretary of the Interior, served until 1921 and was the Chairman of the US Shipping Board. From 1921, until his death he served as the Chairman of the American Red Cross. He died of pneumonia at age 79.

Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith


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  • Added: 22 Oct 2002
  • Find A Grave Memorial 6869423
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for John Barton Payne (26 Jan 1855–24 Jan 1935), Find A Grave Memorial no. 6869423, citing Oak Hill Cemetery, Washington, District of Columbia, District Of Columbia, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .