Biography of James E. Barkley
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JAMES EDMUND BARKLEY - A native of Manhattan, though for many years a resident of The Bronx and since 1919, secretary to the Commissioner of Jurors for Bronx County, Mr. Barkley is considered one of the leading figures of the younger generation in the political, fraternal and religious circles of The Bronx. He was born in the house at No. 1212 First Avenue, between Sixty fifth and Sixty sixth streets, Manhattan, February 14, 1886, a son of James and Bridget (O'Connel) Barkley. His father was born in Charleville, County Cork, Ireland, and came to this country as a young man, where he worked as an artisan, taking part in many important building operations, including the erection of Flower Hospital, at East Sixty fourth Street and the East River.

James Edmund Barkley was educated in the public schools of New York City, being a pupil of Public School No. 86, on Ninety sixth Street and Lexington Avenue. He graduated from school at the age of fourteen years and started work as an office boy, but continued his education in his leisure time and especially at night for many years after he had left school. At one time he took a business course at Eastman's Business College, and also attended the New York Preparatory School in the evening. In later years, after he had been connected for some time with the metal industry, he took a special course in chemistry at New York University, with the thought of acquiring additional knowledge of the type particularly useful in the work which he was then doing. Still later, after he had withdrawn from the field of business, and having accepted appointment to public office, had entered that of politics and law, he became a student at New York Law School, where he still pursues his legal studies with the object of being admitted to the bar.

His first position, after leaving school as a lad, was as office boy in the New York office of the Plume & Atwood Manufacturing Company, with which concern he remained for eleven years, receiving many and frequent promotions and spending the last four years as its Philadelphia representative. He then resigned and accepted a position as manager of the Buffalo Brass & Copper Company, with which firm he remained for some two and a half years. At the end of that time he decided to engage in business on his own account, entering into a partnership with Albert E. Snow. They established a factory in East New York, Brooklyn, for the manufacture of brass and copper products, and also maintained sample rooms at No. 15 Murray Street, New York City. This partnership continued successfully for five years, until June 1, 1919, when Mr. Barkley accepted his appointment as secretary to the Commissioner of Jurors for Bronx County, in which position he has continued since.

Fraternal activities of various kinds have always received much attention from Mr. Barkley. He is a member of Bronx Lodge, No. 871, Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks; Bronx Council, No. 266, Knights of Columbus, in which order he is also a member of the committee on education of the New York Chapter; Branch No. 90, Holy. Name Society; James Monroe Branch, Friends of Irish Freedom. He is also a member of the National Geographic Society, the Bunker Hill Club, the P. J. Kane Democratic Club and the Pondiac Democratic Club. In politics he is a supporter of the Democratic party, in the affairs of which he takes a very active and useful part, especially in his capacity as executive secretary of the Democratic party in the Third Assembly District. He is also interested in athletics and sports, and this interest finds expression in his membership in the Loring Athletic and Social Club. His religious affiliations are with the Roman Catholic Church, and particularly with St. Roch's Church, on East One Hundred and Fifitieth Street, of which he has been a delegate for some twenty years, and treasurer of its St. Vincent de Paul Society.

Mr. Barkley married, in SS. Peter and Paul's Church, One Hundred and Fifty seventh Street and St. Ann's Avenue, The Bronx, June 12, 1912, Anna Roland, daughter of Louis and Elizabeth (Roland) Roland. Mr. and Mrs. Barkley are the parents of five children: 1. Anna Mary, born May 18, 1913. 2. James E., Jr., born May 8, 1916. 3. Edward, born May 26, 1919. 4. Raymond, born May 24, 1923. 5. Charles, born November 26, 1924. The family home is located at No. 636 Eagle Avenue, The Bronx.

From:
The Bronx and its people
A History 1609-1927
Board of Editors: James L. Wells,
Louis F. Haffen
Josiah A. Briggs.
Historian: Benedict Fitspatrick
Publisher: The Lewis Historical Publishing Co., Inc.
New York 1927


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