Who was Isaac Barre? (6 November 1726 A.D – 20 July 1802 A.D)


Isaac Barre (6 November 1726 A.D – 20 July 1802 A.D), British soldier and political leader, born in Dublin. He held the rank of lieutenant colonel in the expeditionary force, commanded by the British general James Wolfe, that captured Quebec in the French and Indian War.

Isaac Barre returned to England and was elected (1761 A.D) to Parliament, where he became known for his opposition to the policies of the British statesman William Pitt the Elder.Subsequently, however, he supported Pitt’s efforts to prevent the taxation of the American colonies. He fought against the Stamp Act of 1765 A.D, distinguishing himself then and later by his strenuous defense of the American cause.

A laudatory reference to the Americans in one of Barre’s speeches on colonial taxation provided American patriots with the name of one of their most effective revolutionary organizations, Sons of Liberty. Several U.S. cities, notably Barre, Massachusetts, and Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, were named in his honor. Isaac Barre retired from Parliament in 1790 A.D.

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