Alexander Barrow

Alexander Barrow I (March 27, 1801 – December 29, 1846) was a slave owner,[1] lawyer and United States Senator from Louisiana. He was a member of the Whig Party. He was the half-brother of Washington Barrow, sharing the same father.

Alexander Barrow
Alexander Barrow.jpg
United States Senator
from Louisiana
In office
March 4, 1841 – December 29, 1846
Preceded byRobert C. Nicholas
Succeeded byPierre Soulé
Member of the Louisiana House of Representatives
Personal details
Born(1801-03-27)March 27, 1801
Nashville, Tennessee, US
DiedDecember 29, 1846(1846-12-29) (aged 45)
Baltimore, Maryland, US
Political partyWhig
Spouse(s)Mary Ann Barrow
Alma materUnited States Military Academy
ProfessionPolitician, Lawyer, Planter

Born near Nashville, Tennessee, to Willie Barrow and his first wife Jane Green, Barrow attended the United States Military Academy in West Point, New York, from 1816 to 1818. Then he studied law and was admitted to the bar, in 1822, commencing practice in Nashville.

Soon afterward he relocated to Feliciana Parish, Louisiana, where he continued to practice law. Later he abandoned his legal career to become a planter.

Eventually, Alexander Barrow became involved in politics and was elected to the Louisiana House of Representatives, where he served for several years. While in state office, he denounced bans on slave imports, and said that the state's "wealth and property" were attributable "fair and fully upon the labor of slaves."[2]

In 1840 Barrow was elected a Whig to the United States Senate, serving from 1841 until his death. There he was Chairman of the Committee on Public Buildings and Grounds during the 27th Congress and of the Committee on the Militia during the 27th and 28th Congresses.

Senator Barrow died in Baltimore, Maryland, on December 29, 1846. His remains were interred in the family cemetery on Afton Villa slave plantation, near Bayou Sara, Louisiana.

Alexander and Mary Ann Barrow had three children, Alexander II, Willie Micajah, and Jane.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Congress slaveowners, The Washington Post, 2022-01-19, retrieved 2022-01-25
  2. ^ Ford, Lacy K (2009). Deliver Us from Evil: The Slavery Question in the Old South. p. 452. ISBN 9780199751082.

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U.S. Senate
Preceded by U.S. senator (Class 2) from Louisiana
March 4, 1841 – December 29, 1846
Served alongside: Alexandre Mouton, Charles M. Conrad and Henry Johnson
Succeeded by