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David Barton

David Barton (December 14, 1783 – September 28, 1837), one of the first U. S. senators from Missouri, serving 1821–1831.[1]

Barton was born near Greenville, Tennessee (then part of North Carolina). He was a major political presence in early Missouri, serving as president of the state's constitutional convention, speaker of the Missouri territorial House of Representatives, and as one of its first pair of U.S. Senators. Barton County, Missouri is named for him.

He was the brother of Joshua Barton, the first Missouri Secretary of State. David opposed the reappointment of William Rector to the Office of Surveyor General for Missouri, Illinois and Arkansas saying that Rector was using his relatives for surveying positions and paying them too much while Rector was surveying the Louisiana Purchase. Joshua published the charges in the St. Louis Republican under the signature of "Philo." Rector's brother Thomas Rector challenged Joshua to a duel in 1823 on Bloody Island (Mississippi River) and killed Joshua. President James Madison did not reappoint Rector.[2]

Barton switched parties three times in his political life. He was first elected as a Democratic-Republican; he then switched to an Adams Democrat for his re-election in 1825. When he ran for the Senate again in 1830 he switched to being an Anti-Jacksonian candidate. He was a member of the Missouri State Senate in 1834-1835.


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  2. ^ Christenson, Lawrence O.; Foley; Kremer, Gary R. et al., eds (1999). Dictionary of Missouri Biography. Columbia, Missouri: University of Missouri Press. p. 35. ISBN 0826212220. Retrieved September 26, 2009.  

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Preceded by
United States Senator (Class 3) from Missouri
Served alongside: Thomas H. Benton
Succeeded by
Alexander Buckner


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