BARDEN, Graham Arthur

BARDEN, Graham Arthur
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1896–1967

Biography

BARDEN, Graham Arthur, a Representative from North Carolina; born in Turkey Township, Sampson County, N.C., September 25, 1896; moved to Burgaw, Pender County, N.C., in 1908; attended the public schools; during the First World War served as a seaman in the United States Navy in 1918 and 1919; was graduated from the law department of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1920; was admitted to the bar the same year and commenced practice in New Bern, N.C.; teacher in the New Bern (N.C.) High School in 1920; judge of the county court of Craven County, N.C., 1920-1924; member of the State house of representatives in 1933; elected as a Democrat to the Seventy-fourth and to the twelve succeeding Congresses (January 3, 1935-January 3, 1961); chairman, Committee on Education (Seventy-eighth and Seventy-ninth Congresses), Committee on Education and Labor (Eighty-first, Eighty-second, and Eighty-fourth through Eighty-sixth Congresses); was not a candidate for renomination in 1960; died in New Bern, N.C., January 29, 1967; interment in Cedar Grove Cemetery.

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

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External Research Collections

Duke University
Special Collections Department, William R. Perkins Library

Durham, NC
Papers: ca. 1933-1960, approximately 264,615 items. The papers of Graham Arthur Barden contain correspondence, reports, speeches, notes, drafts of bills, printed material, and clippings, mostly relating to his work on various House committees, including Education, Labor, Library, and Rivers and Harbors. Major topics include the draft, military installations including Seymour Johnson Air Force Base and Camp Lejeune Marine Base, veterans' affairs, and local affairs and projects of Graham Barden's largely rural district, such as lumbering, tobacco processing, and furniture manufacturing. An inventory is available in the repository.

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Southern Historical Collection

Chapel Hill, NC
Papers: In the Lindsay C. Warren papers, 1916-1968, 47 linear feet. Persons represented include G.A. Barden.

University of Texas at Austin
Briscoe Center for American History

Austin, TX
Papers: In the Sam Rayburn papers, ca. 1822-2007, approximately 119 feet. Persons represented include G.A. Barden.
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Bibliography / Further Reading

Puryear, Elmer L. Graham A. Barden, Conservative Carolina Congressman. Buie's Creek, NC: Campbell University Press, 1979.

Reeves, Andree E. Congressional Committee Chairmen: Three Who Made An Evolution. Lexington: University Press of Kentucky, 1993.

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