Samuel M. Barclay collection
Samuel M. Barclay was born in Bedford, Pennsylvania, on October 17, 1802, to Hugh and Hetty Barclay. Hugh Barclay was an early landowner in Bedford and began working as the town's postmaster in 1789. Samuel’s father died in 1807, leaving his mother to raise him. He studied at the Bedford Academy before his admission to the bar in August 1826. He worked as an attorney in Bedford and served as a state senator in the late 1830s. He married Anna Morrison in 1839, and died in Philadelphia on January 3, 1852.