William O. Barnard

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William O. Barnard
From Volume II (1906) of Hazzard's History of Henry County, Indiana, 1822-1906
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Indiana's 6th district
In office
March 4, 1909 – March 3, 1911
Preceded byJames Eli Watson
Succeeded byFinly Hutchinson Gray
Personal details
William Oscar Barnard

(1852-10-25)October 25, 1852
Liberty, Indiana, U.S.
DiedApril 8, 1939(1939-04-08) (aged 86)
New Castle, Indiana, U.S.
Resting placeSouthmound Cemetery
Political partyRepublican

William Oscar Barnard (October 25, 1852 – April 8, 1939) was an American lawyer and politician who served one term as a U.S. Representative from Indiana from 1909 to 1911.


Born near Liberty, Indiana, Barnard moved with his parents to Dublin, Indiana, in 1854, to Fayette County in 1856, and to Henry County in 1866. He attended the common schools, and Spiceland Academy, Spiceland, Indiana.


He taught school for five years in Henry and Wayne Counties. He was admitted to the Indiana bar, 1876. He served as prosecuting attorney of the eighteenth and fifty-third judicial circuits from 1887 to 1893. He served as judge of the fifty-third judicial circuit court of Indiana from 1896 to 1902.


Barnard was elected as a Republican to the Sixty-first Congress (March 4, 1909 – March 3, 1911). He was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection to the Sixty-second Congress in 1910.

Later career and death

He resumed the practice of law in New Castle, Indiana.

He died on April 8, 1939, in New Castle, Indiana. He was interred in Southmound Cemetery, New Castle, Indiana.


  • United States Congress. "William O. Barnard (id: B000155)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.

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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Indiana's 6th congressional district

Succeeded by