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Orion Metcalf Barber is Born

Today in Masonic History Orion Metcalf Barber is born in 1857.

Orion Metcalf Barber was an American politician.

Barber was born in Jamaica, Vermont. He would attend the Albany Law School where he would receive his bachelor of laws degree. He would then be admitted to the bar in Vermont and would begin practicing in Bennington, Vermont.

In 1886, Barber became the the state's attorney for Bennington County, Vermont. He would serve in the position for one year.

In 1892, Barber would be elected to the Vermont House of Representatives. He would serve in the House until 1894. In 1894, he would be elected to the Vermont State Senate, serving until 1896.

In 1898, Barber was elected as the Vermont State's Auditor. He would serve until 1902.

Also in 1898, Barber would marry Alice Mabel Norton. The couple would have twin daughters.

From 1906 until 1908, Barber would serve as the Chairman of the Vermont's Special Tax Commission. In 1909, he would serve as chairman of the Special Commission to Prepare and Publish the Digest of Reports of the Vermont Supreme Court.

In 1910, President William Howard Taft would appoint Barber to the United States Court of Customs Appeals. He would serve on the court until September 30th, 1928, when he would retire from active service. Barber would continue in senior status, a semi-retired status for federal judges, until the time of his passing.

Barber would pass away in Bennington, Vermont on March 28th 1930.

Barber was a member of Mount Anthony Lodge No. 13 in Bennington, Vermont.