Silas Reynolds Barton

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Silas Reynolds Barton
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Nebraska's 5th district
In office
March 4, 1913 – March 3, 1915
Preceded byGeorge W. Norris
Succeeded byAshton C. Shallenberger
Personal details
BornMay 21, 1872
New London, Iowa
DiedNovember 7, 1916 (aged 44)
Grand Island, Nebraska
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Ellen Tazwell Metcalfe Barton Conant
ChildrenSilas Barton Jr.
Alma materPeru State Normal School, Nebraska
ProfessionFarmer, teacher, politician

Silas Reynolds Barton (May 21, 1872 – November 7, 1916) was an American politician. A Republican, he represented Nebraska's 5th congressional district for one term in the United States House of Representatives.


Barton was born in New London, Iowa on May 21, 1872, the son of Eli B. Barton and Teressa (Nugen) Barton. He moved with his parents to Hamilton County, Nebraska in 1873, and graduated from Aurora High School. He attended Peru State College. He married Adah Michell and had two children who died in infancy. After his first wife's death in 1909, he married Ellen Tazwell Metcalfe.[1] His son, Silas Barton Jr., died in 1964 at age 50 and is buried at Forest Lawn.[2]


Barton was a farmer and teacher. From 1898 until 1901, he was the deputy treasurer of Hamilton County. In 1901, he became the grand recorder of the Ancient Order of United Workmen and served in that capacity until 1908. He was president for two terms of the Grand Recorders' Association of the United States.

Barton became a state auditor in 1909 until his election to the United States Congress in 1913. During his two terms as auditor he was an insurance commissioner and a member of the National Executive Committee of Insurance Commissioners.[3]

Elected in 1913 to the 63rd Congress, Barton was in office from March 4, 1913, until March 3, 1915.[4] He ran for the 65th Congress, but died before the election.


Barton died in Grand Island, Nebraska, on November 7, 1916, at the age of 44. He is interred at Aurora Cemetery in Aurora, Nebraska.[5]

U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
George W. Norris(R)
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Nebraska's 5th congressional district

March 4, 1913 – March 3, 1915
Succeeded by
Ashton C. Shallenberger (D)


  1. ^ "Silas Reynolds Barton". Find A Grave. Retrieved 3 February 2013.
  2. ^ "Silas Reynolds Barton". Find A Grave. Retrieved 3 February 2013.
  3. ^ "Silas Reynolds Barton". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved 3 February 2013.
  4. ^ "Silas Reynolds Barton". Govtrack US Congress. Retrieved 3 February 2013.
  5. ^ "Silas Reynolds Barton". The Political Graveyard. Retrieved 3 February 2013.

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