Age: 0, credited to Hinesburg, VTVITALS
Birth: 05/27/1834, Hinesburg, VTADDITIONAL INFORMATION
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Barto, Alphonso, of St. Cloud, Minn., was born in Hinesburg May 27, 1834, and was the son of William R. and Mary (Gage) Barto.
He was educated at the district schools and under private instruction. At an early age he removed to Illinois and engaged in farming, which vocation he followed until his enlistment in 1861. Upon his return from the war of the rebellion in 1864 he engaged in the manufacture of furniture at Elgin, Ill. Desiring to lead a professional life he studied law and was admitted to the bar in 1870. Removing to Sauk Centre, Minn., in 1869, he began the practice of his profession and has since followed it with great success both there and at St. Cloud, where he now resides.
He enlisted as a private in Co. K, 52d Ill. Inf. Vols., in 1861, and was successively promoted to second-lieutenant and captain. Serving three years he was mustered out Oct. 25, 1864.
A Republican in his political beliefs he has held many positions of trust within the gifts of the people; was a justice of the peace in Kane county, Ill., for three years, and treasurer of the same county, 1867-'69; was a member of the House of Representatives of Minnesota, 1871; re-elected in 1872 and elected Lieutenant-Governor of the state of Minnesota in 1873, serving through a creditable administration until 1875; was a member of the national convention which nominated Blaine in 1884; has held many local and state offices and is now register of the U. S. land office at St. Cloud; was one of the organizers of the St. Cloud Merchants National Bank, has been a director since its organization, and is now its vice-president.
He married at Middlebury, in 1854, Harriet E., daughter of Allen E. and Sarah Hitchcock, of Whiting. The issue of this union were: Mary E. (deceased), Lyman R. (now judge of municipal court at Sauk Centre, Minn.), and Harriet M. (deceased). Mrs. Barto died Oct. 13, 1866, and Mr. Barto married Charlotte, daughter of William and Mary Ann Allen, of Ferrisburgh, Oct. 17, 1867. Of this union was one son, William A., who is now about to graduate from the University of Minnesota.
Governor Barto has been prominent in Masonic circles, and first affiliated with Geneva Lodge, No. 139, at Geneva, Ill., in 1861, receiving the chapter degrees and was exalted to a Royal Arch Mason in Fox River Chapter, No. 49, at St. Charles, Ill.; was knighted in Sycamore Commandery, Sycamore, Ill., and took the Scottish rite degrees to the 32d in Occidental Consistory, Chicago; and has held nearly all the offices within the local and grand lodges, was grand master of the state in 1891-'92; is prominent in GAR circles and organized one of the first posts in Illinois at Elgin in 1866 and was its first commander; has been past district and department commander in Minnesota; a member of the Loyal Legion, department of Minnesota, and a member of the Society of the Army of the Tennessee.
Source: Jacob G. Ullery, compiler, Men of Vermont: An Illustrated Biographical History of Vermonters and Sons of Vermont, (Transcript Publishing Company, Brattleboro, VT, 1894), Part III, p. 10.