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Biography of James E. Barnard

James E. Barnard is a lawyer of prominence at Franklin, N.H., his native place. He was born on January 29, 1863, son of the Hon. Daniel and Amelia (Morse) Barnard.

His father, Daniel Barnard, was born January 23, 1827, in Orange, N.H. Naturally of a studious turn of mind, as a youth he attended the academy in winter, and worked on his father’s farm in the summer months. He subsequently taught school in different counties of New Hampshire. In 1851 he began to read law with the Hon. George W. Nesmith, and in 1854 he became junior partner in a law firm with the Hon. Austin F. Pike. Mr. Nesmith retired from active business in 1863; and Mr. Barnard withdrew from the connection he had formed, and started out for himself at Franklin, where he had a large practice for over thirty years. In 1860-62 he was State Representative, in 1865-66 President of the State Senate, 1870-71 member of the Governor’s Council, in 1872 he was a member of the Republican Committee that met in convention at Philadelphia, Pa., in 1867 he was County Solicitor, and in 1872 he was re-elected to that position. He was a Trustee of the Franklin Savings Bank, and was a Director and also Vice-President of the Franklin National Bank of Franklin Falls. He was appointed Attorney General in 1887, and held the office until his death. His reputation as a lawyer was very high, and he was identified with all the leading enterprises in Franklin. He and William M.; Emma S.; Mary A.; James E., the subject of this article; Daniel, Jr., who died in infancy; Charles Daniel; and Frank E. The first-born, William M., was graduated at Dartmouth College in 1876, and was for many years in partnership with his father in a law office. He died in 1886, aged thirty years. Emma S. became the wife of Captain Samuel Pray, of Newtonville, Mass., formerly commander of a vessel and now a commission merchant. Mary A. married Fred H. Daniell, superintendent of the Sulloway Hosiery Mills in Franklin. Charles D. married Jennie Anderson, and is a real estate dealer in Chicago, Ill. Frank E. is a lawyer in Boston, Mass., and has an office in the Globe Building. The Hon. Daniel Barnard died January 10, 1892; and his widow, Mrs. Amelia M. Barnard, survives him, making her home among her children.

James E. Barnard was fitted for college at the Franklin High School, and took a two years’ course at Dartmouth, receiving his degree in 1886. He then went on a sea voyage to Australia, China, and the East, being away for two years. This greatly improved his health; and on his return he engaged in the Franklin National Bank as General Assistant, where he remained about two years. For one year after that he was in the National Bank of the Republic in Boston; but at the time of his brother’s death he returned home, and commenced to read law with his father. Later on he attended Boston University Law School. He was graduated in 1890, admitted to the bar in July, 1890, and began practice with his father. He continued thus until his father’s death, and since that time he has carried on the business by himself. He is agent for several fire and life insurance companies. Mr. Barnard is connected with the Episcopal church, and is a member of the following Masonic societies: Meridian Lodge, No. 60, F. & A. M., and St. Omer Chapter, No. 22, R. A. M., in Franklin; Mount Horeb Commandery, K. T., at Concord, N.H.; also Edward A. Raymond Consistory at Nashua, in which he has taken the thirty-second degree. He is also a member of the Knights of Pythias, St. Andrew’s Lodge, No. 21, of Franklin. He is clerk of the Franklin Library Association and of the Odell Band, is President of the Franklin Republican Club, Justice of the Peace, and Notary Public. In March, 1893, he was appointed Justice of the Police Court of Franklin, which position he still holds.

Mr. Barnard was married June 18, 1891, to Maude Redwood, of Fort Wayne, Ind. She is the daughter of Frederick Redwood, a former mill superintendent at Andover, Mass., and was born July 14, 1864. Mr. Barnard is one of the leading young men of Franklin, and promises, like his father, to make his mark in the world.


  1. I have a document that contradicts some info about James E. Barnard’s sea voyage to Australia, China, and the East, being away for two years, after 1886. My info says this voyage happened from 1882-1883.

  2. This document states that James E. Barnard, after graduating in 1866, went on a sea voyage to Australia, China, and the East, being away for two years, greatly improving his health.
    I have a diary written by a passenger aboard the “Bark Harvard” that sailed from Boston Harbor in 1882 and returned to Boston in 1883, He names the other passenger on board the Harvard as James E. Barnard, from, Franklin New Hampshire.
    This voyage sounds like the voyage listed in this document as happening after 1886. Is it possible that the dates in this document are wrong?


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