Conable, Barber B., Jr. (11/02/1922-11/30/2003)

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  • Occupation: Attorney, U. S. Representative
  • Number of Terms: 2
  • Committees/Roles: Audit and Review Committee
  • Biography: Barber B. Conable, Jr., a native of Warsaw, New York, graduated from Cornell University and Cornell Law School. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps n World War II and the Korean War. retired in 1991 from a five-year term as President of the World Bank, the international economic development organization. Before his tenure at the World Bank, Mr. Conable was a Member of the House of Representatives from 1965 to 1985. In Congress, he served 18 years on the House Ways and Means Committee, the last eight years as its Ranking Minority Member. He served in various capacities for 14 years in the House Republican Policy Committee and the Republican Research Committee. During his congressional service, he also was a member of the Joint Economic Committee and the House Budget and Ethics Committees. Following Mr. Conable's retirement from Congress, he served on the Boards of four multinational corporations and the Board of the New York Stock Exchange. He also was active in foundation, museum, and nonprofit work and was a Distinguished Professor at the University of Rochester. Mr. Conable has served on the Board of Directors of Corning, Inc., Pfizer, Inc., the American International Group, Inc., and the First Empire State Corporation. In addition, he has been a Trustee of Cornell University and of the National Museum of the American Indian. He has chaired the Museum's development committee and is a member of its International Founders Council, the volunteer committee for the National Campaign to raise funds for construction of the Museum on the Mall.
  • Committees/Roles: Executive Committee, Chair, 1995- .


  • Conable, Jr., Barber B
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Short Legal Citation

  • 107 Stat. 56 (1993), P.L. 103-20, S.J. Res. 28
  • 113 Stat. 24 (1999), P.L. 106-14, H.J. Res. 26


  • For additional information, see "The Torch," June 1993. Conable died during his second term.
  • Congressional Directory. 93rd Congress, 2nd Session. Washington, DC: United States Government Printing Office, 1974; Current Biography Yearbook. "1984." New York: H. W. Wilson Co., 1985; Who's Who in America. 46th edition, 1990-1991. Wilmette. IL: Who's Who, 1990; The World Almanac Biographical Dictionary. By editors of the "The World Almanac." New York: World Almanac, 1990.

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Regent Tenure: 04/12/1993-11/30/2003


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