|26th Governor of West Virginia|
January 16, 1961 – January 18, 1965
|Preceded by||Cecil H. Underwood|
|Succeeded by||Hulett C. Smith|
|27th Attorney General of West Virginia|
January 14, 1957 – January 16, 1961
|Governor||Cecil H. Underwood|
|Preceded by||John G. Fox|
|Succeeded by||C. Donald Robertson|
|Born||December 8, 1911|
Elkins, West Virginia, U.S.
|Died||November 12, 2002 (aged 90)|
Charlotte, North Carolina, U.S.
|Spouse(s)||Opal Wilcox Barron|
|Branch/service||United States Army|
|Battles/wars||World War II|
He was born in Elkins, West Virginia. He attended Washington and Lee University and the West Virginia University Law School. During World War II, he served in the United States Army. In 1949, he was elected mayor of Elkins. He became a member of the West Virginia House of Delegates in 1950 and was re-elected in 1952. He resigned his seat when appointed as Liquor Control Commissioner by Governor William C. Marland subsequent to the 1952 election. He was nominated to Attorney General in 1956.
He died on November 12, 2002, in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Corruption trial and prison
On August 30, 1968, Barron was acquitted of federal charges concerning alleged money kickbacks and rigged state contract schemes in which he and several of his associates were involved. It was later realized that Barron and his wife, Opal Barron, had bribed the jury foreman. Barron was indicted, pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 25 years in prison. He served four years of his sentence.
- Anewman (August 30, 2017). "August 30, 1968: Wally Barron Acquitted of Federal Charges". West Virginia Public Broadcasting. Retrieved July 15, 2018.
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