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Barber Conable

Barber ConableAKA Barber Benjamin Conable, Jr.

Born: 2-Nov-1922
Birthplace: Warsaw, NY
Died: 30-Nov-2003
Location of death: Sarasota, FL
Cause of death: Infection

Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Politician
Party Affiliation: Republican

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: World Bank President, Congressman

Military service: USMC (WWII)

Served as finance chair of George H.W. Bush's 1980 Presidential campaign. Almost 30 years later, after their friendship had dissolved, the former World Bank President described the reason behind their fallout:

"He thought I should be supporting an American agenda. I thought I was there to help the poor people. So I got the reputation of not being a team player, and that was the one thing George wouldn't stand for."

"I could have stayed in Washington at six figures if I had wanted to. I considered it. But they wanted a stuffed exhibit and not a lawyer, and I didn't want to be a stuffed exhibit. They wanted to use my name and put me in the firm and give me a special 'of counsel' status. At the appropriate time the senior partner would push a button and I would come into the consultation he was having with his client and he'd say, 'You remember former Congressman Barber Conable, don't you? Remember the great role he played in Ways and Means?' That image frightened me."

Father: Barber Benjamin Conable, Sr. (lawyer)
Brother: John
Wife: Charlotte Williams (m. 1952, three daughters, one son)
Daughter: Anne
Daughter: Emily
Son: Samuel
Daughter: Jane

    University: BA Medieval History, Cornell University (1942)
    Law School: Cornell University (1948)

    World Bank President (1986-91)
    US Congressman, New York 30th (1983-85)
    US Congressman, New York 35th (1973-83)
    US Congressman, New York 37th (1965-73)
    New York State Senate 53rd (1963-64)
    America First Committee at Cornell
    American Enterprise Institute Senior Fellow
    American Legion
    Council on Foreign Relations
    George W. Bush for President
    National Committee on US-China Relations Chairman Emeritus, Board of Directors
    Quill and Dagger
    Rotary International
    Veterans of Foreign Wars
    Smithsonian Institution Board of Regents
    Eagle Scout 1937

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