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William S. Barry (born William Taylor Sullivan Barry; December 10, 1821 – January 29, 1868) was an American politician who served as member of the Provisional Congress of the Confederate States from Mississippi. Prior to this Barry served as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Mississippi's 2nd congressional district.


Born in Columbus, Mississippi, Barry graduated from Yale College in 1841 and was initiated into Skull and Bones.[1][2]:67 Society in his last year. He was admitted to the bar in 1844 and then practiced law in Columbus, Ohio. One of his many interests was horticulture. He served as member of the State house of representatives 1849–1851. He was elected as a Democrat to the Thirty-third Congress (March 4, 1853 – March 3, 1855). He served as president of the State secession convention in 1861. He served as member of the Provisional Congress of the Confederate States. During the American Civil War he enlisted in the Confederate States Army and raised the 35th Mississippi Infantry Regiment, at times acting as brigade commander. He was captured and paroled at the Vicksburg. He broke parole and commanded his regiment, and at times Sears's Brigade, during the Atlanta Campaign. He was seriously wounded at the Battle of Allatoona on October 5, 1864. He was captured in the attack on Fort Blakely, Alabama, on April 9, 1865, and held prisonor at New Orleans until May 1, 1865. After his release, he resumed the practice of law in Columbus, where he died on January 29, 1868. He is interred in the Odd Fellows Cemetery.[3]


  1. Obituary Record of Graduates of Yale College Deceased During the Academical Year Ending in July, 1869. New Haven, Connecticut: Yale University. 1869. p. 320. 
  2. Fraternity, Psi Upsilon (1917). The twelfth general catalogue of the Psi Upsilon Fraternity. Retrieved March 24, 2011. 
  3. Allardice, Bruce S. More Generals in Gray. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 1995. ISBN 0-8071-3148-2 (pbk.)

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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
John A. Wilcox
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Mississippi's 2nd congressional district

Succeeded by
Hendley S. Bennett

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