Appletons' Cyclopædia of American Biography/Barton, David

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BARTON, David, senator, b. about 1785; d. near Booneville, Mo., 28 Sept., 1837. Of his early age nothing is known, except that he went from Waco co., Ky., and was one of the earliest emigrants to the territory of Missouri. He was president of the convention that met 19 July, 1820, to frame the state constitution of Missouri. He was U. S. senator from Missouri in 1821-'31, serving as chairman of the committee on public lands.