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This collection contains a federal excise tax list for Pulaski County, Arkansas, between 1865 and 1866, assessed by Cassius MacDonald Barnes.

Biographical/Historical Note

Cassius MacDonald Barnes was born in Livingston County, New York, on August 25, 1845, eldest son of Henry and Samantha Barnes. The family moved to Albion, Michigan where he grew up on a farm. Asa boy Barnes learned telegraphy and worked for Western Union. He was employed in Kansas when the Civil War erupted, and he immediately joined the U.S. Army and served in the Military Telegraph Corps throughout the war. Barnes ended up in Little Rock, Arkansas by the end of the war and settled there. From July 1865-1866, Barnes served as Assistant Assessor for the Pulaski County, Arkansas federal excise tax. Barnes became active in Republican politics, serving three terms as Little Rock city clerk and in several federal positions. Barnes moved to Fort Smith, Arkansas and served as a U.S. marshal for the Western District of Arkansas from 1879 to 1889. In 1884 he married Mary Elizabeth Bartlett, daughter of an Arkansas circuit court judge. While in Arkansas, Barnes was friends with the Clayton family. Powell Clayton helped Barnes to receive a position as receiver for the U.S. Land Office in Guthrie, Oklahoma. In1894 Barnes successfully ran for the Oklahoma Territorial House of Representatives, where he served two terms and was selected speaker. President William McKinley named him Oklahoma Territory governor in 1897. He served two terms as Guthrie, Oklahoma mayor, from 1903 to 1905 and from 1907 to 1909.After becoming a widower in 1908, he remarried and moved to Kansas and then to New Mexico, where he died on February 18, 1925.

Physical Description

Document, 8.5" x 11"

Geographical Area

Pulaski County (Ark.)





Resource Type



Pulaski County (Ark.) federal excise tax lists, SMC.057.001


Arkansas State Archives

Contributing Entity

Arkansas State Archives

Recommended Citation

Pulaski County (Ark.) federal excise tax lists, Arkansas State Archives, Little Rock, Arkansas.


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