Samuel Osborne Barber

Male9 March 1910–23 January 1981

Brief Life History of Samuel Osborne

When Samuel Osborne Barber was born on 9 March 1910, in West Chester, Chester, Pennsylvania, United States, his father, Dr. Samuel LeRoy Barber, was 30 and his mother, Marguerite McLeod Beatty, was 28. He lived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States in 1935 and Manhattan, New York City, New York, United States in 1940. He registered for military service in 1942. He died on 23 January 1981, in New York City, New York, United States, at the age of 70, and was buried in Oaklands Cemetery, West Goshen Township, Chester, Pennsylvania, United States.

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Samuel Osborne Barber
Gian Carlo Menotti

Sources (22)

  • Samuel Barber in household of Gean Carlo Menotti, "United States Census, 1940"
  • Saml O Barber in household of Leroy Barber, "United States Census, 1920"
  • Legacy NFS Source: Samuel O. Barber - Individual or family possessions: birth-name: Samuel O. Barber

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World Events (8)

1912 · The Girl Scouts

Age 2

Like the Boy Scouts of America, The Girl Scouts is a youth organization for girls in the United States. Its purpose is to prepare girls to empower themselves and by acquiring practical skills.

1913 · The Woolworth Building Opens as the Tallest Building in the World

Age 3

At 792 feet above Broadway, the Woolworth Building became the tallest building in the world and held the record for 17 years. The Woolworth Building was overshadowed by the Chrysler Building at 1,046 feet in 1930 and the Empire State Building at 1,454 feet in 1931. Retailer and mogul Frank W. Woolworth commissioned the Woolworth Building in 1910 with the intent of his namesake building to be the tallest in the world. The 13 million dollar project was financed in cash by Woolworth which allowed him freedoms in the design and construction of the ornate, gothic building. An opening ceremony was held on April 24, 1913 at which President Woodrow Wilson pressed a button from the White House and lit the historic building in New York City.


Age 19

13 million people become unemployed after the Wall Street stock market crash of 1929 triggers what becomes known as the Great Depression. President Herbert Hoover rejects direct federal relief.

Name Meaning

English: occupational name for a barber, from Middle English barb(o)ur ‘barber’ (Anglo-Norman French barber, Old French barbier, from Late Latin barbarius, a derivative of barba ‘beard’). In the Middle Ages barbers not only cut hair and shaved beards, but also practised surgery and pulled teeth.

German and Jewish (Ashkenazic): occupational name from German Barbier ‘barber’ (compare 1 above).

Catalan: occupational name for a barber, barber (see 1 above).

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Samuel Osborne Barber, composer

Samuel Barber Samuel Barber was born in West Chester, Pennsylvania in 1910. At the age of seven he reportedly wrote his first music. As a 9-year-old he wrote a letter to his mother informing her tha …

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