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Barry, William Taylor (05 February 1784–30 August 1835), politician, jurist, and postmaster general, was born in Lunenburg County, Virginia, the son of John Barry, a revolutionary war veteran and farmer, and Susannah Dozier. The family moved to Kentucky, apparently in 1796, and settled in Fayette County. Following a course of study in law at William and Mary College, Barry was admitted to the Kentucky bar and set up practice in Lexington in 1805. That same year he married Lucy Waller Overton, with whom he would have two children before her premature death....

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Hitchcock, Frank Harris (05 October 1867–05 August 1935), politician and postmaster general, was born in Amherst, Ohio, the son of Henry Chapman Hitchcock, a Congregational clergyman, and Mary Laurette Harris. He attended public school in Boston and entered Harvard in 1887. Interested in politics and sports, he participated in collegiate boxing matches and was a Republican precinct committeeman in Boston. After graduation in 1891, he began a career in public service, holding several minor jobs in Washington, D.C., including that of a biologist in the Department of Agriculture. During this time he studied at the Columbian law school (now George Washington University), where he earned an LL.B. degree in 1894 and the LL.M. in 1895. He was admitted to the District of Columbia bar in 1894. In 1897 he was made chief of the Agriculture Department’s Division of Foreign Markets....