Mayor (1875). Arthur B. Barret was born in Springfield, Illinois in 1836. His education included schooling in private institutions in St. Louis and Andover, Massachusetts. Barret completed his education at St. Louis University.
In 1859 he married Miss Anna Farrar Sweringen. They had three children.
Before the Civil War, the main interest of Mr. Barret had been in the raising of blooded stock on a farm in Montgomery County, Missouri. Following the War he became a leader in the St. Louis Agriculture and Mechanical Association which was active in promoting fairs at Fairground Park. He was elected president of this organization in 1866 and served until 1874. He continued his association with the organization as a director and vice-president. In 1869 and 1871 Mr. Barret was defeated by small majorities for the Democratic nomination for Mayor. In 1872 he was chosen a Presidential Elector on the Tilden and Henricks ticket.