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Guide to the Acting Governor Amos W. Barber records

Identifier: RG0001.12

Scope and Content

Correspondence and record series covering appointment records, petitions for pardons, the requisition and extradition of fugitives, rewards, conventions, expositions, commercial conferences, and Indian and military affairs. Topics include hunting requirements, legislative sessions, election information, oil and mineral deposits, lumber, irrigation, University of Wyoming matters, aid for famine in Russia, requests for the great seal, Indian depredation claims, invitations and brochures, livestock, and women's suffrage.


  • 1890-1893


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The collection is open for research.

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Biography of

Amos W. Barber was born in Doylestown, Bucks County, Pennsylvania, April 26, 1861. Barber obtained an academic education from the literary and medical departments of the University of Pennsylvania. After graduating Dr. Barber worked as staff physician at the Pennsylvania Hospital from 1883 until he came to Wyoming in 1885 as surgeon in charge of the military hospital at Fort Fetterman. Promoted to acting surgeon in the United States Army, Barber accompanied General Crook's expedition to Arizona. Later he was assigned to duty at Fort D. A. Russell and after resigning from the service, opened up a medical practice in Cheyenne. After joining the Republican Party, Barber was elected Secretary of State in September 1890 and served until January of 1895. Secretary Barber's term was interrupted while he served as Acting Governor from November 24, 1890 until January 2, 1893. He was assistant surgeon in the United States Army during the Spanish American War in 1898 and returned to Cheyenne after that conflict. Amos W. Barber died May 19, 1915 and was buried in Cheyenne.


1 cubic feet (2 boxes)


Records of Wyoming's Acting Governor Amos W. Barber feature the usual topics associated with the office. Notable issues include state legislative correspondence, conventions, oil and mineral deposits, University of Wyoming matters, aid for famine in Russia, requests for the great seal, women's suffrage, Indians, and livestock matters. Proclamations, requisitions and extradition requests, rewards, petitions for pardons and appointment records are included.

Related Material

Amos W. Barber was elected Wyoming Secretary of State, and as a result became Acting Governor. Additional Amos Barber records may be found in the Secretary of State records group.

Processing Information

The finding aid for the collection was entered in 1989, and was periodically updated as needed through 2003. It is divided into seven subgroups including: General Records, Administrative Records, Appointment Records, Proclamations, Petitions for Pardons, Requisitions and Extraditions, and Indian and Military Affairs.

Guide to the Acting Governor Amos W. Barber records, 1890-1893
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Cindy Brown
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Finding aid is in English

Repository Details

Part of the Wyoming State Archives, Wyoming Cultural Resources Division, Wyoming Department of State Parks & Cultural Resources Repository

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