John Barton Payne
|27th United States Secretary of the Interior|
March 15, 1920 – March 4, 1921
|Preceded by||Franklin Lane|
|Succeeded by||Albert B. Fall|
January 26, 1855|
Pruntytown, West Virginia, U.S.
January 24, 1935 79) (aged|
Washington, D.C., U.S.
|Resting place||Oak Hill Cemetery|
Jennie Byrd Bryan
John Barton Payne (January 26, 1855 – January 24, 1935) was an American politician, lawyer and judge. He served as the United States Secretary of the Interior from 1920 until 1921 under Woodrow Wilson's administration.
Early life and career
Payne was born on January 26, 1855 in Pruntytown, West Virginia, the son of Amos Payne, who was a doctor and farmer, and the former Elizabeth Barton.
Admitted to the bar in 1876 in West Virginia, Payne entered politics five years later as the chairman of the Preston County Democratic Party. He moved to Chicago, Illinois, in 1883, and was elected local judge in 1893. After resigning from that post in 1898, Payne was the senior partner in Winston, Payne, Strawn and Shaw. A successor firm still exists. He was the president of the Chicago's South Park Board from 1911 to 1924.
After the outbreak of World War I, Payne went to Washington, D.C., to act as the counsel for the Emergency Fleet Corporation and was the national railroad administration. From 1919 through his appointment to Wilson's cabinet in February 1920, Payne served as the Chairman of the U.S. Shipping Board.
From October 1921 until his death, Payne served as the Chairman of the American Red Cross. In May 1921, Payne pledged funds for the permanent structure for the [Warrenton Library] Fauquier County, Virginia.
Payne was a founder of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond in 1911, and he donated 50 paintings to the museum in 1919. Some of his personal papers were given to the Special Collections Research Center at the College of William & Mary.
Payne married Kate Bunker on October 17, 1878. She died after a long illness. Payne married his second wife, the former Jennie Byrd Bryan, on May 1, 1913. Jennie Payne died in 1919, and he remained a widower in office.
He died of pneumonia after an operation for appendicitis on January 24, 1935, at the age of 79. Two days later, an Associated Press obituary ran in the Chicago Tribune. Payne was buried in Oak Hill Cemetery in Washington, D.C., next to his second wife.
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Franklin K. Lane
| U.S. Secretary of the Interior
Served under: Woodrow Wilson
March 15, 1920 – March 4, 1921
Albert B. Fall
|Non-profit organization positions|
| Chairman of the
International League of
Red Cross Societies
Cary Travers Grayson
|Awards and achievements|
James M. Beck
| Cover of Time Magazine
12 May 1923