B. Johnson Barbour was a planter, orator, rector of the University of Virginia (1866–1872), and
member of the House of
Delegates (1879–1880). Born at his family's large Orange County estate, Barbour was the son of a governor and nephew of a
U.S. Supreme Court
justice. He graduated from the University of Virginia in 1839 and spent the
next decades farming, delivering public speeches, and serving as an Episcopal lay
leader. Like his mother, Barbour . . .
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