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Samuel S. Barney

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Samuel S. Barney
Samuel S. Barney.jpg
Judge of the Court of Claims
In office
December 20, 1905 – April 15, 1919
Appointed byTheodore Roosevelt
Preceded byStanton J. Peelle
Succeeded bySamuel Jordan Graham
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Wisconsin's 5th district
In office
March 4, 1895 – March 3, 1903
Preceded byGeorge H. Brickner
Succeeded byWilliam H. Stafford
Personal details
Samuel Stebbins Barney

(1846-01-31)January 31, 1846
Hartford, Wisconsin
DiedDecember 31, 1919(1919-12-31) (aged 73)
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Resting placeUnion Cemetery
West Bend, Wisconsin
Political partyRepublican
EducationLombard College
read law

Samuel Stebbins Barney (January 31, 1846 – December 31, 1919) was a United States Representative from Wisconsin and a Judge of the Court of Claims.

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Education and career

Born on January 31, 1846, in Hartford, Washington County, Wisconsin,[1] Barney attended the public schools, Lombard College in Galesburg, Illinois, then read law with Leander F. Frisby in West Bend, Wisconsin in 1873.[1] He was a high school teacher in Hartford from 1869 to 1872.[1] He was editor of the Washington County Republican from 1872 to 1873.[1] He was admitted to the bar and entered private practice in West Bend from 1873 to 1906.[1] He was the Superintendent of Schools for Washington County from 1876 to 1880.[1] He was a delegate to the Republican National Convention in Chicago, Illinois in 1884.[2]

Congressional service

Barney was an unsuccessful candidate for election in 1884 to the 49th United States Congress.[2] He was elected as a Republican from Wisconsin's 5th congressional district to the United States House of Representatives of the 54th United States Congress and to the three succeeding Congresses, serving from March 4, 1895, to March 3, 1903.[2] He was not a candidate for renomination in 1902.[2]

Federal judicial service

Barney was nominated by President Theodore Roosevelt on December 19, 1905, to a seat on the Court of Claims (later the United States Court of Claims) vacated by Judge Stanton J. Peelle.[1] He was confirmed by the United States Senate on December 20, 1905, and received his commission the same day.[1] His service terminated on April 15, 1919, due to his retirement.[1]


Barney died on December 31, 1919, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.[3] He was interred in Union Cemetery in West Bend.[2]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Barney, Samuel Stebbins - Federal Judicial Center".
  2. ^ a b c d e United States Congress. "Samuel S. Barney (id: B000163)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
  3. ^ "Samuel S. Barney Dead". Fort Scott Daily Tribune and Fort Scott Daily Monitor. December 21, 1919. p. 5. Retrieved August 7, 2015 – via open access


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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
George H. Brickner
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Wisconsin's 5th congressional district

Succeeded by
William H. Stafford
Legal offices
Preceded by
Stanton J. Peelle
Judge of the Court of Claims
Succeeded by
Samuel Jordan Graham
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