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Barker, Harold Henry

House 1931-38 (District 48)

Party when first elected:  Nonpartisan Election-Liberal Caucus

Counties Served:  Grant

BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

Date of Birth: 6/15/1889
Birth Place: Elbow Lake, Minnesota
Birth County:
Birth Country: United States
Date of Death: 3/23/1949
Gender: Male
Religion: Presbyterian
Reported Minority: None Reported
Other Names:
City of Residence (when first elected): Elbow Lake
Occupation (when first elected): Editor, Grant County Herald

EDUCATION

Sparta Public Schools, Wisconsin; Elementary School;
Sparta High School, Wisconsin; Secondary; Graduate
University of Wisconsin; Attended College; 1909-1912

OTHER GOVERNMENT SERVICE

Military: United States Army, 339 Field Artillery Division (World War I, France, First Lieutenant); 05/1917 to 02/1919
Military: United States Army and Army Reserve (World War II, Captain, Major); 194? to 19??

FAMILY RELATIONSHIPS

Spouse: Marion Grey (married on February 2, 1918; she died on September 28, 1942); Margaret (remarried on April 8, 1944)
Children: Three children: Robert, Elizabeth Anne, and Richard
Family Members Who Have Served in the Minnesota Legislature:

GENERAL NOTES

He moved to Sparta, Wisconsin when he was young, with his parents. He returned to Minnesota in 1914.

He was a member of the Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party. He was referred to as a Liberal. (Gieske, Millard L. Minnesota Farmer-Laborism, 1979, p. 238)

He was the Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party's candidate for Governor of Minnesota in the 1946 election.

He was a member of Sigma Mu fraternity.

He died, of lung cancer, at home. A funeral service was held for him in the Elbow Lake High School Auditorium. He was buried in Union Cemetery.

He was a member of First Presbyterian Church in Elbow Lake, Minnesota.

Religion provided by his obituary.

Total Days Served: 2919

SESSIONS SERVED

50th Legislative Session (1937-1938)

  Session Details
Body: House
District: 48
Elected: 11/3/1936
Residence: Elbow Lake
Term of Office: 1/5/1937 to 1/2/1939
Counties Represented: Grant
Occupation: Editor, Grant County Herald
Party: Nonpartisan Election-Liberal Caucus Party Notes: "The Liberals have controlled the House only in 1933, 1937, 1955, 1957, 1959 and 1961." (Mitau, G. Theodore. Politics in Minnesota, 1970, p. 83.) He was referred to as a Liberal. (Gieske, Millard L. Minnesota Farmer-Laborism, 1979, p. 238)
Committees:
Leadership Position: Speaker of the House
Leadership Notes: "The Liberals have controlled the House only in 1933, 1937, 1955, 1957, 1959 and 1961." (Mitau, G. Theodore. Politics in Minnesota, 1970, p. 83.)

49th Legislative Session (1935-1936)

  Session Details
Body: House
District: 48
Elected: 11/6/1934
Residence: Elbow Lake
Term of Office: 1/8/1935 to 1/4/1937
Counties Represented: Grant
Occupation: Editor, Grant County Herald
Party: Nonpartisan Election-Liberal Caucus Party Notes: He was referred to as a Liberal. (Gieske, Millard L. Minnesota Farmer-Laborism, 1979, p. 238)
Committees:
  • Civil Administration
  • Commerce, Manufacture and Retail Trade
  • Motor Vehicles and Motor Vehicle Tax Laws
  • Printing and Publishing
  • Public Highways
  • Reapportionment
  • Taxes and Tax Laws

48th Legislative Session (1933-1934)

  Session Details
Body: House
District: 48
Elected: 11/8/1932
Residence: Elbow Lake
Term of Office: 1/3/1933 to 1/7/1935
Counties Represented: Grant
Occupation: Editor, Grant County Herald
Party: Nonpartisan Election-Liberal Caucus Party Notes: He was referred to as a Liberal. (Gieske, Millard L. Minnesota Farmer-Laborism, 1979, p. 238)
Committees:
  • Commercial Transportation
  • Game and Fish
  • Motor Vehicle and Motor Vehicle Tax Laws (Chair)
  • Printing and Publishing
  • Public Highways
  • Rules
  • Taxes and Tax Laws

47th Legislative Session (1931-1932)

  Session Details
Body: House
District: 48
Elected: 11/4/1930
Residence: Elbow Lake
Term of Office: 1/6/1931 to 1/2/1933
Counties Represented: Grant
Occupation: Editor, Grant County Herald
Party: Nonpartisan Election-Liberal Caucus Party Notes: He was referred to as a Liberal. (Gieske, Millard L. Minnesota Farmer-Laborism, 1979, p. 238)
Committees:
  • Agriculture and Horticulture
  • Printing and Publishing
  • Public Domain
  • Public Highways
  • Public Welfare and Social Legislation
  • State and County Fairs
  • State Development and Immigration
Articles & Books About
"1,000 Attend Barker Rites at E.L. School on Sunday. Herald Publisher Died at Home on March 23 (Obituary)." Grant County Herald, March 31, 1949.

In Memoriam for the Honorable Harold Barker. Minnesota Journal of the House, March 29, 1949, p. 1421-1422.