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BARR, Joseph Walker

BARR, Joseph Walker
Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives


BARR, Joseph Walker, A Representative from Indiana; born in Bicknell, Knox County, Ind., January 17, 1918; graduated from DePauw University in 1939 and from Harvard University in 1941; served in the United States Navy, 1942-1945, with subchaser duty in the Mediterranean and Atlantic; received Bronze Star for sinking submarine off Anzio Beach; engaged in the operation of grain elevators, theaters, real-estate, and publishing business; elected as a Democrat to the Eighty-sixth Congress (January 3, 1959-January 3, 1961); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1960 to the Eighty-seventh Congress; appointed assistant for congressional relations to the Secretary of the Treasury, 1961; appointed Chairman, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, 1963; Under Secretary of the Treasury, 1965-1968; appointed by President Johnson as Secretary of the Treasury, December 21, 1968, to January 20, 1969; president and chairman, American Security and Trust Company, 1969-1974; chairman, Federal Home Loan Bank of Atlanta, 1977-1981; died February 23, 1996 in Playa del Carmen, Mexico; interment in Leeds Episcopal Church Cemetery, Markham, Va.

View Record in the Biographical Directory of the U.S. Congress

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External Research Collections

Indiana Historical Society
Smith Memorial Library

Indianapolis, IN
Papers: 1959, 1 folder. A letter from Joseph W. Barr to his 11th Indiana District constituents inviting them to share their opinions on voting issues. He also offers to send federal publications upon request.

Indiana University
Lilly Library

Bloomington, IN
Papers: 1958-1971, approximately 6,675 items. The papers of Joseph Walker Barr contain official papers, including memoranda,1964-1969; congressional activities, 1958-1960; general files, from Africa to White House; speeches and remarks, 1959-1969; statements before House and Senate committees, 1965-1969; audio tapes of interviews on television, 1967-1968 (some of the transcripts may be found in Speeches); printed materials and clippings. The papers refer to legislation relating to the Asian Development Bank, campaign contributions, gold and the balance of payments, interest rates for savings and loan institutions, participation sales, truth-in-lending, and reports covering transition from the Johnson to the Nixon administration. A box and folder list is available in the library and online.
Papers: In the James Anthony Eldridge Papers, 1941-1978, 820 items. Other authors include Joseph W. Barr. An index is available in the repository.

Lyndon B. Johnson Library

Austin, TX
Papers: 1964-1965, 6 linear feet. The papers of Joseph W. Barr contain subject files and speeches.
Oral History: 56 pages. An oral history interview with Joseph W. Barr.
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