Republican League Register of Oregon, The Register Publishing Company, 1896, page 176.
BARRETT, HON. WILLIAM N., of Hillsboro, was born in Washington County, Oregon November 24, 1855. He graduated in 1879. For ten years before and after graduating he taught school. In 1884 he was admitted to the bar. In 1882 he was elected to the legislature, and again in 1890. For seven years he was Deputy District Attorney, and in 1892 was elected District Attorney, and again in 1894. He was City Recorder for seven years. He has been a member of conventions and league meetings.