Washington Barrow

Washington Barrow ( born October 5, 1807, at Davidson County, Tennessee, † October 19, 1866 in St. Louis, Missouri ) was an American politician. Between 1847 and 1849 he represented the state of Tennessee in the U.S. House of Representatives.


After an academic education and a law degree Washington Barrow worked as a lawyer. At the same time he began a political career as a member of the Whig party. At times, he also worked as a newspaper editor. Between 1841 and 1844 Barrow served as an American envoy in Portugal. In the congressional elections of 1846 he was in the eighth constituency of Tennessee in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington DC chosen, where he became the successor of Edwin Hickman Ewing on March 4, 1847. Since he resigned in 1848 to further candidacy, he was able to complete only one term in Congress until March 3, 1849. This was marked by the final phase of the Mexican-American War.

After his retirement from the U.S. House of Representatives, he worked as a businessman. In the years 1861 and 1862, he was a supporter of the Confederacy in the Senate of Tennessee. In the meantime, he was captured by the troops of the Union and soon released. Thereafter, Barrow joined the army of the Confederacy. He ran again in captivity, which he spent in camps in Ohio and Michigan. Among his health suffered. Ultimately, he has not recovered from the effects of his imprisonment. He died on October 19, 1866 during a visit to his brother in St. Louis. Washington Barrow was a half-brother of Alexander Barrow (1801-1846), who represented the state of Louisiana from 1841 to 1846 in the U.S. Senate.