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Inventory of the Jacob Barker Papers, 1813-1863
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • Biography
  • Subject matter
  • Persons represented by three or more pieces
  • Interesting or important items
  • Bibliographical note

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Jacob Barker Papers,
    Date (inclusive): 1813-1863
    Creator: Barker, Jacob, 1779-1871
    Extent: 163 pieces
    Repository: The Huntington Library
    San Marino, California 91108
    Language: English.

    Administrative Information


    This collection was purchased by the library from C. W. Unger, dealer, of Pottsville, Pennsylvania, in 1926. Nothing is known of provenance or immediate source.


    Collection is open to qualified researchers by prior application through the Reader Services Department. For more information please go to following URL .

    Publication Rights

    In order to quote from, publish, or reproduce any of the manuscripts or visual materials, researchers must obtain formal permission from the office of the Library Director. In most instances, permission is given by the Huntington as owner of the physical property rights only, and researchers must also obtain permission from the holder of the literary rights. In some instances, the Huntington owns the literary rights, as well as the physical property rights. Researchers may contact the appropriate curator for further information.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Jacob Barker Papers, The Huntington Library, San Marino, California.


    Jacob Barker (1779-1871), American Financier, was born in Maine of Quaker parentage. While he was still a youth, Barker embarked upon what was to be a tempestuous business career; his enterprises ran the gamut in shipping, oil, the press, banking, insurance, and the stock market. He was one of the founders of Tammany Hall, and a recognized political power in his party.
    Probably Barker's chief claim to fame was the service he performed for the government in raising a war-loan of five million, in 1814. This was accomplished at the cost of his own bankruptcy, and he is often referred to as the Robert Morris of the War of 1812. Subsequent claims against the government, in an attempt to recover personal losses, extended over a period of forty years.
    Having made and lost a series of fortunes, Jacob Barker died in Philadelphia, at the great age of ninety two years.

    Subject matter

    • A. Jacob Barker's share in relation to the War Loans of 1814.
    • B. Barker's claim against the U. S. Government growing out of the same.

    Persons represented by three or more pieces

    • Anderson, Joseph.... 3 pieces
    • Barker, Jacob.... 36 pieces
    • Campbell, George Washington. 18 pieces
    • Hazard, Thomas R.... 3 pieces
    • Homans, Benjamin 4 pieces
    • McEwen, Hale, & Davidson 14 pieces
    • Prime, Ward, & Sands 3 pieces
    • Smith, R. D. 23 pieces

    Interesting or important items

    Jacob Barker to Joseph Anderson, Comptroller of the Treasury Department. New York, Dec. 15, 1815.
    .....I exhausted all my resources in furnishing funds to the government when it was in distress, so much so that I had not a single thousand dollars at command to support my family, and if I had possessed the Indies, the whole would have been devoted to the use of my Country...
    Ward, Halleck, & Little, assignees of Jacob Barker. Petition to the U. S. Congress. Washington, July 4, 1861.

    Bibliographical note

    For the most part these papers are unpublished, but some have been printed in American State Papers (Financial) and in the House of Representatives, Report C. C. no. 258.