Joseph Barker (Massachusetts politician)

Joseph Barker (October 19, 1751 – July 5, 1815) was an American Congregationalist minister who represented Massachusetts's 7th congressional district in the United States House of Representatives from March 1805 to March 1809.

Joseph Barker
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Massachusetts's 7th district
In office
March 4, 1805 – March 3, 1809
Preceded byNahum Mitchell
Succeeded byWilliam Baylies
Member of the
Massachusetts House of Representatives
In office
Personal details
Born(1751-10-19)October 19, 1751
Branford, Connecticut Colony, British America
DiedJuly 5, 1815(1815-07-05) (aged 63)
Middleboro, Massachusetts, U.S.
Resting placeCemetery at The Green
Political partyDemocratic-Republican
Alma materYale

Born in Branford in the Connecticut Colony, Barker attended the common schools in Branford, studied for two years at Harvard College, and was graduated (with a degree in theology) from Yale College in 1771. He was licensed to preach on January 3, 1775, ordained to the ministry on December 5, 1781, and subsequently installed as pastor of the First Congregational Church of Middleboro, Massachusetts.

Barker was elected as a Democratic-Republican to the Ninth and Tenth Congresses and served from March 4, 1805 to March 3, 1809. He was not a candidate for renomination in 1808, but four years later served as a member of the state's House of Representatives in 1812 and 1813.

Joseph Barker continued in the ministry at Middleboro, Massachusetts until his death at the age of 63. Interment was in Cemetery at The Green.


  • United States Congress. "Joseph Barker (id: B000144)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Nahum Mitchell
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Massachusetts's 7th congressional district

March 4, 1805 – March 3, 1809
Succeeded by
William Baylies
Political offices
Preceded by
Member of the
Massachusetts House of Representatives

Succeeded by

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