PELEG S. BARBER, STONINGTON: President People's Savings Bank of Pawcatuck.
Mr. Barber was born in North Kingston, R. I., April 29, 1823. He received the advantages of a good common school
education, and has been largely engaged in mercantile and manufacturing business, though at present confining his
attention chiefly to transactions in real estate. He was for sixteen years in cotton manufacturing, and from 1850
to 1853 was in the gold mines of California. He married, early in life, Miss Sarah Gardner, who is still living.
Mr. Barber is largely interested in the Pawcatuck National Bank, of which he is, and for sixteen years has been,
a director. He is president of the People's Savings Bank of Pawcatuck; also treasurer of the Pawcatuck Fire District
since its organization in 1887, for sixteen years treasurer of his school district, fifteen years a member of the
town board of relief, and a notary public. He was on the board of assessors for several years, and has held various
other local offices in the town in which he resides, where he has led an active and useful life for thirty four
years, and is highly respected and esteemed by all his townsmen. Mr. Barber comes from an ancestry which have been
prominently identified with the Whig and republican parties ever since their formation. In the fall of 1884 he
became the candidate of the republicans for representative from Stonington in the general assembly, to which position
he was elected by a large majority. He served in the house on the committee on appropriations. As an ardent supporter
of republican principles and a consistent advocate of temperance, he did good work for his constituency and the
state during the session of 1885, and made an honorable record as a legislator. Mr. Barber is a member of the Baptist
church and takes an active interest in all moral and religious enterprises in the town, which he is always ready
to aid whenever called upon to do so.
Illustrated Popular Biography
Compiled and Published by J. A. Spalding
Press of the Case, Lockwood & Brainard Co.
Hartford, Conn. 1891
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