Barber, Amos W. (1861 - May 18, 1915)


Was Governor of Wyoming and Eminent Physician

Douglas Budget - May 20, 1915

Dr. Amos W. Barber, former governor of Wyoming and one of the most prominent physicians in the state, died at Rochester, Minn., Tuesday night.

Dr. Barber was born in Doylestown, Pa., in 1861, and was educated as a physician. He had been a resident of Wyoming since 1885, coming to this state as an army surgeon in charge of the military hospital at Fort Fetterman. He acquired a high reputation as a physician and surgeon among the isolated settlers of the thinly populated territory and came to be regarded as an authority on the treatment of rattlesnake bites, originating the system of treatment with permanganate of potassium which within a brief period came into general use. For a number of years he was chief surgeon of the hospital of the Wyoming Live Stock association.

Upon the admission of Wyoming as a state Dr. Barber was elected secretary of state, a few months later becoming governor through Governor Warren's election to the senate. He was familiarly known as the "war governor" because of the cattlemen's war that occurred during his term, which necessitated the calling of the federal troops.

Dr. Barber was a veteran of the Spanish-American war, serving as a surgeon. Since then he had practiced his profession in Cheyenne.

Dr. Barber was an intimate friend of many of the notable men of the country. It is said that his experiences furnished the inspiration for Owen Wister's "The Virginian," and he was one of the characters in the story.

Dr. Barber was well known to the older residents of Douglas. He was at Fort Fetterman for a number of years and at one time conducted a hospital here.


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