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Amos W. Barber

Amos Walker Barber
2nd Governor of Wyoming
In office
November 24, 1890 – January 2, 1893
Preceded by Francis E. Warren
Succeeded by John Eugene Osborne
Personal details
Born July 25, 1861
Doylestown, Pennsylvania
Died May 18, 1915 (aged 53)
Rochester, Minnesota
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Amelia Kent Barber
Profession Physician, Politician
Religion Quaker

Amos Walker Barber (July 25, 1861 – May 18, 1915) was an American surgeon and politician. He was the second Governor of Wyoming after that state joined the Union in 1890.


  • Biography 1
  • Career 2
  • Death 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5


Amos Barber was born in Doylestown, Bucks County, in Pennsylvania, to Alfred H. Barber and Asenath Walker. He studied literature and medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, and after graduating in 1883, he worked as a staff physician at the Pennsylvania Hospital, until he moved to Wyoming. He married Amelia Kent in 1892 and the couple had two children.[1]


In 1885, Barber moved to Arizona, then was assigned to duty at Fort D. A. Russell.[2] After resigning from the United States military, he was in charge of the hospital of the Wyoming Stock Association. In 1889, he began private practice in Cheyenne.

In 1890, Barber was elected Secretary of State of Wyoming as a Republican. Just eleven months later, however, Governor Francis E. Warren resigned to take up a United States Senate seat, and Barber was catapulted to the position of Acting Governor on November 24, 1890. During his administration, he called out state troops to quell a Pine Ridge Indian outbreak and asked for federal assistance with the Rustler War (The War on Powder River) between cattlemen (WSGA) and cowboys (small time ranchers) in Johnson County in 1892.[1] When John E. Osborne was elected on January 2, 1893, Barber continued on as Secretary of State under Osborne until his term ran out in 1895 and then returned to Cheyenne and his practice.

Barber rejoined the military in 1898, acting as assistant surgeon for the Spanish American War. He then returned to his practice of medicine in Cheyenne.


Barber died on May 18, 1915, and was survived by his wife, Amelia. Barber is interred at Lakeview Cemetery, in Cheyenne, Laramie County, Wyoming.[3]


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External links

  • State biography
  • [1], [2] – University of Wyoming library entries
  • Executive Officers of the States and Territories
  • National Governors Association
  • Wyoming Historical Society

Political offices
Preceded by
Francis E. Warren
Governor of Wyoming
November 24, 1890 – January 2, 1893
Succeeded by
John E. Osborne
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