Graham Arthur Barden

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Graham Arthur Barden

Graham Arthur Barden (born September 25, 1896 in Turkey , Sampson County , North Carolina , †  January 29, 1967 in New Bern , North Carolina) was an American politician . He represented the state of North Carolina as a member of the US House of Representatives .


Graham Barden moved with his family to Burgaw , Pender County in 1908 , where he attended public school. During the First World War he served as a private ( Seaman ) in the United States Navy between 1918 and 1919. After the war, he graduated in 1920 from the law school of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill . He was admitted to the bar in the same year and opened a practice in New Bern. In the meantime he worked in 1920 as a teacher at New Bern High School . He was then a District Court Justice in Craven County between 1920 and 1924.

Barden was a member of the North Carolina House of Representatives in 1933 . He was then elected as a Democrat in the 74th and twelve subsequent Congresses. His tenure ran from January 3, 1935 to January 3, 1961. He decided not to run again in 1960 and returned to his old practice as a lawyer. During his tenure in Congress, he chaired the Education Committee (78th and 79th Congresses) and the Education and Labor Committee (81st, 82nd, and 84th through 86th Congresses). He was also involved in the constitution of the Southern Manifesto , which spoke out against racial integration in public institutions.

Graham Barden died in New Bern on January 29, 1967. He was buried in Cedar Grove Cemetery .


  • Puryear, Elmer L. Graham A. Barden, Conservative Carolina Congressman. Buie's Creek, NC: Campbell University Press, 1979.

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