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TIMES PICAYUNE, New Orleans, LA, May 25, 1890, page 2, column 2.
Hon. John J. Barrow, State Senator of Louisiana.
Pass Christian, Miss., May 24. - [Special] Hon. John J. Barrow died at the Mexican Gulf
Hotel this morning. Mr. Barrow arrived here a few days ago, thinking that the balmy air
would improve his health, but it was too late. His family arrived yesterday and his
remains will leave here on the noon train to-morrow for his home in West Feliciana.
A Biographical Sketch
Captain Barrow had been a sufferer of rheumatic gout for some years and had been
frequently desperately ill. He was in a bad state of health when he came to Baton Rouge
to attend the session of the legislature and unable to appear in the senate. His condition
became so alarming that it was thought necessary to try a change of air, and he was taken
to Pass Christian, being accompanied by his wife and son. He was too weak to rally in
spite of the iron will that had enabled him to battle for many years the malady that had
undermined his constitution.
Senator Barrow was born in the parish of West Feliciana, where his ancestors were among
the earliest settlers. The family has many branches throughout the state, and its members
have from the time when Louisiana was a territory taken an active part in public affairs.
The deceased served several terms in the legislature, and was always prominent in the
political affairs of his section. He was a man of very strong convictions, and of
unbending resolution and courage, always presenting a bold front to his opponents, and
displaying the warmest regard for his friends and family.
Captain Barrow went to the war among the first troops that left Louisiana, being first a
lieutenant and then captain of that splendid company, the Rosale Guards, organized in West
Feliciana and incorporated in the Eleventh Regiment, commanded by Colonel Marks, of which
Captain Barrow's cousin, Robert H. Barrow, was the lieutenant colonel. This regiment
distinguished itself at Belmont and Shiloh, and acquired, from its fighting qualities, the
sanguinary appellation of the "Bloody Eleventh."
Captain Barrow was successful and energetic planter and largely assisted in improving the
parish in which he lived. He leaves a widow, three sons and many relatives to mourn his
demise. The remains will be interred in the ancient family burial ground in West
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