Barin, Louis Theodore Sr.

Morning Oregonian, March 8, 1890
Hon. L. P. Barin was installed as United States marshal for this district yesterday. The oath of office was administered by Judge Sabin. The party were then invited by Marshal Barin to another apartment where a bountiful supply of champagne and cigars was provided. Among those present were: J. E. Bean of Pendleton; W. R. Ellis, S. P. Mays, J. C. Carson, C. B. Bellinger, Mayor DeLashmutt.

Pen Pictures of Representative Men of Oregon 1882
HON. LOUIS T BARIN – A well known and highly esteemed resident of Clackamas is an active energetic citizen and a gentleman that takes a lively interest in the welfare and prosperity of our fair young State of which he has been a resident for over a score of years. He was born in Providence, Rhode Island in 1842 and came to Oregon when he was twenty years of age and settled in Oregon City where he took up a piece of government land and for the first few years interested himself in improving it. He enlisted in Company E of the First Regiment Oregon Cavalry and was elected First Sergeant which position he held for three years receiving an honorable discharge at the end of his term of service. Returning to Oregon City he commenced the study of law in 1869 in the office of Johnson & McCown and was admitted to the bar in 1872 and in the same year was elected a member of the House of Representatives from that county. His wedding took place during the session, the bride being Miss Josephine H. Harding of Oregon City. He was elected City Prosecuting Attorney in 1874 and was re-elected in 1875. During the years 1877 and 1878 he was Mayor of Falls City and was considered an efficient officer. He received the appointment of Register of the United States Land Office in January 1878 under President Hayes and was re-appointed by President Arthur in February 1882. He is of the average build rather heavy set and an active politician. He prides himself on being an uncompromising Republican and has stood by his political principles in times and places that try men’s hearts. He is still in the prime of life and has a bright future before him

Morning Oregonian, April 19, 1904
Death of Louis T. Barin
Prominent Attorney Stricken on Steamer
He served as Mayor Oregon City, in the State Senate, and as United States Marshal

Louis T. Barin, a well-known attorney, of 697 Hoyt street, died very suddenly and unexpectedly yesterday morning aboard the steamer Iraida. Mr. Barin had been visiting his ranch 16 miles below the river. He left Portland Saturday apparently in the best of health, and did not complain of feeling sick until Sunday, when he was seized with severe cramps. His condition was such yesterday morning that it was thought best to bring him home, and he was helped aboard the steamer. He assured his associates he would be all right and took a seat on deck.

When Captain Hooghkirk stepped up to Barin to collect his fare he found Mr. Barin cold in death. The body was in a sitting position and Barin appeared to be merely asleep.

As soon as Portland was reached the body was removed to Finley’s undertaking establishment, where an examination by Dr. Rockey showed that death had been brought on by heart failure. The deceased has a large circle of friends in the city who will learn of his sudden death with sincere sorrow. He is survived by his widow, formerly Mary Frances Josephine Harding, to whom he was married in Oregon City, in 1872, and by his two children, Miss Bertha Barin and Louis T. Barin, Jr. of this city.

A biographical sketch follows:

Louis T. Barin was born in Providence, R. I., March 14, 1842, and after being educated in the public schools in Providence, R. I., and Boston, Mass., he went to New York City, sailed for the Isthmus of Panama and made his way to San Francisco. Here he followed clerking, mining and the livestock business until 1862, when he enlisted in Company E, First Regiment Oregon Cavalry. After two years’ service he was appointed First Sergeant and held that position for over one year until honorably discharged. He was next on scout duty, skirmished against the Indians throughout the Northwest, and received an honorable discharge at Vancouver, Wash., August 31, 1865. On going to Oregon City he settled on United States Government land in that vicinity. In 1868(9?) he took up his residence in Oregon City and began to study law, and was admitted to the bar by the Supreme Court of Oregon in 1872. The same year he was elected by the House of Representatives from Clackamas County. Two years later he was elected Prosecuting Attorney, and was re-elected to that office in 1873.

During 1876 and 1877 Mr. Barin was Mayor of Oregon City, and in 1878 was appointed Register of the United States Land Office, filling that position until 1886, when he was elected a member of the State Senate. While holding this office he was a member of many important committees, being chairman of judiciary committee, and did great service for the fish interests of Oregon as chairman of that committee. For years he had been prominent in politics and in the convention of 1888 was elected chairman of the State Central Committee. His worth was recognized by the presentation of a solid silver service from the Republican electors of Multnomah County. In 1890 Mr. Barin was appointed United States Marshal, and in later years he has been engaged in the active practice of his law business. His law office was in the Chamber of Commerce. Mr. Barin was also a farmer and gave special attention to the breeding of high-grade horses and cattle, which was his favorite recreation, and he was a prominent member of the Portland Whist Club.

L. T. Barin’s son, Lt. Louis Theodore Barin, Jr. was an early aviator and co-pilot of the NC-1, part of the first flight across the Atlantic in 1919. Although his seaplane did not complete the flight, he was awarded the Navy Cross. Lt. Barin died June 12, 1920 when a Navy plane he was piloting was struck by an Army plane above Rockwell Field, California. Although his family is buried at Mountain View, his mother and aunt approved his burial at Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery.


Civil War Pension Index: Barin, Louis T.
Widow: Barin, Josephine H.
E 1 Oregon Cav.
1909 Aug 17, Widow, Application: 925710, Certificate: 698508, Oregon

Meade Post No. 2, G. A. R. Register:
Barin, L. T. , born: Rhode Island, Lives: Portland, Occupation: Lawyer
Entry into Service: Oct 14, 1864, Rank Sergeant, Co E, 1st Ore Cav,
Mustered Out Aug 8, 1864, Rank 1st Sergeant, Co E, 1st Ore Cav
Date of Muster into G. A. R. May 5, 1881
Died April 19, 1904 (Obituaries show 4/18/1904)

Name: Louis Barin
Birth Date: abt 1840
Age: 22
Enlistment Date: 1862
Military Unit: First Oregon Cavalry


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