Robert T. Barton (Class of ’14) was born in Winchester, Virginia in 1891 and received his education at the Shenandoah Valley Academy and the University of Virginia, which awarded him the degrees of B. S. and L. L. B. in 1914. He served as a lieutenant in the Infantry in the Mexican border campaign of 1916 – 1917 and as a captain in the Field Artillery in 1918 – 1919, participating in the battles of St. Mithiel and the Meuse Argonne. In World War II, he saw eighteen months’ service overseas with the Army Air Corps as a colonel.
Mr. Barton took an active part in Virginia politics, having been a member of the Virginia General Assembly in 1926 and on the staffs of three governors of Virginia. He was a member of every Democratic State Convention since 1920 and he was a delegate to the Democratic National Convention in 1936.
Among his services to the work of the organized Bar, Mr. Barton was a member from Virginia of the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws since 1934, and chairman of its executive committee in 1942 – 1943, and he was a former vice president and chairman of the executive committee of the Virginia State Bar Association.