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Hiram Barton (1810–1880) was mayor of the city of Buffalo, New York, serving 1849–1850 and 1852–1853. He was born in Hebron, New York on May 20, 1810. He attended Middlebury College in Vermont, where he studied law. He moved to Buffalo in 1835 and formed a law partnership. In 1840, he married Lucy Ann Clark of Buffalo.[2]

Hiram Barton
Portrait of Hiram Barton
Mayor of Buffalo
In office
1849–1850, 1852–1853
Preceded byOrlando Allen; Henry K. Smith
Succeeded byJames Wadsworth; Eli Cook
Personal details
BornMay 20, 1810
Hebron, New York
DiedFebruary 10, 1880(1880-02-10) (aged 69)
Buffalo, New York
Political partyWhig
Spouse(s)Lucy Ann Clark

In 1843 Barton was elected alderman of the Third Ward, and again in 1844. He was elected as the Whig choice for Mayor on March 7, 1849. During his first term, cholera returned to the city and nearly ten percent of the population was stricken and three per cent died within a period of four and a half months. The city charter was changed to make the term of elected aldermen to two years instead of one. He did not seek a second term in 1850. He was elected on March 2, 1852, to his second term; the last time the Whigs triumphed in Buffalo His second term ended on March 8, 1853.[2]

He resumed his law practice until about 1875, when he retired. Barton died on February 10, 1880, and was buried in Forest Lawn Cemetery.[2]

Hiram's wife, Lucy, died at her home in Franklin Street, Buffalo on 10 June 1881.[3]


  1. ^ Rizzo, Michael (2005). Through The Mayors' Eyes. Lulu. p. 424. ISBN 978-1-4116-3757-3.
  2. ^ a b c "Hiram Barton". Through The Mayor's Eyes, The Only Complete History of the Mayor's of Buffalo, New York, Compiled by Michael Rizzo. The Buffalonian is produced by The Peoples History Union. 2009-05-27.
  3. ^ "Obituary: Mrs Hiram Barton". Buffalo Commercial Advertiser. Buffalo NY. 1881-06-11.
Political offices
Preceded by
Orlando Allen
Mayor of Buffalo, NY
Succeeded by
Henry K. Smith
Preceded by
James Wadsworth
Mayor of Buffalo, NY
Succeeded by
Eli Cook