Biography of Gen. Lucius A. Barbour
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GEN. LUCIUS A. BARBOUR, HARTFORD: President Willimantic Linen Company.

General Barbour was born at Madison, Ind., January 26, 1846, and was educated at the Hartford High School, graduating from that institution in 1864. He was appointed teller of the Charter Oak Bank, and held the position until 1870, when he resigned for the purpose of spending two years in European travel. He is a man of wide culture, and his civic and business career has been exceptionally brilliant and successful. His military advancements, however, have the widest notice in the state. September 9, 1865, he enlisted as a private in the Hartford City Guard, then attached to the First regiment as Battery D. Rapid promotion awaited him, his instincts and tastes entitling him to the place of a military leadership from the outset. In 1871 he resigned from the company and was out of service until Feb. 1, 1875, when he was elected major of the First regiment. Dec. 29, 1876, he was elected lieutenant colonel and was advanced to the command of the regiment June 26, 1878. He was in command of the First at the Yorktown Centennial in 1881, and won a national reputation by the splendid efficiency and discipline which his organization displayed. The memorable visit to Charleston, S. C., was made in connection with the Yorktown anniversary, and resulted in the attainment of the highest military praise. The tribute paid to Colonel Barbour's command by the celebrated London war correspondent, Archibald Forbes, was deserved by the superb esrit de corps which prevailed in the First. Colonel Barbour resigned the command of the regiment Nov. 12, 1884. He was one of the most popular officers connected with the National Guard, and his selection as adjutant general met with universal satisfaction throughout the state. General Barbour was a member of the house of representatives in 1879, being the colleague of Hon. Henry C. Robinson. His legislative career was in keeping with the course which he had followed in other callings of life, and added to his reputation and popularity. Hem was prominently identified with Battle Flag Day, being a member of the legislative committee which had the arrangements in charge. He is honored throughout the state as a distinguished representative of the national guard.

General Barbour is at the head of the Willimantic Linen Company, of which he has been the president and treasurer since 1884, and is regarded as one of the ablest business managers in Hartford. He is also a director of the Charter Oak National Bank, and a member of the firm of H. C. Judd & Root. In politics he is a republican, and his religious connections are with the First Congregational church of Hartford. General Barbour married Miss Harriet E. Barnes of Brooklyn, N. Y., a daughter of A. S. Barnes, the head of the well known New York publishing house of A. S. Barnes & Co. They have two children.

From:
Illustrated Popular Biography
Of Connecticut
Compiled and Published by J. A. Spalding
Press of the Case, Lockwood & Brainard Co.
Hartford, Conn. 1891


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