He also is remembered for creating the Greater Indianapolis Progress Committee, the panel of city leaders that developed many of the city’s great ideas and projects.  He was defeated in 1967 after only one term, by Republican Richard Lugar, which many viewed as a protest vote against then President Lyndon Johnson.

Barton served in one more public position, as a member of the Indiana Parole Board, when Gov. Roger Branigin appointed him in 1968.  He served on the board until 1989.  Barton died in 2004.

Photos courtesy of Ryan Hamlett.