Character Name: Barclay Beauregard Calhoun
Home State: North Carolina
Previous Job: ProfessorDate of Birth: April 5, 1957Race / Ethnicity: White/CaucasianReligion: EpiscopalianWealth: Upper ClassGender: MaleSexuality: HeterosexualAre you married?: YesHow many children do you have?: 4
Barclay B. Calhoun United States Senator for North Carolina (Class II)
CALHOUN, Barclay Beauregard (b. April 5, 1957 in Salisbury, Southern Rhodesia) is the eldest son of American Diplomat Francis Roderick Calhoun and his wife, a New York socialite, Edith Elizabeth (née Stein). In his early childhood, Barclay lived in several countries due to his father's work in the diplomatic corp including the British crown colony of Southern Rhodesia (from 1957-1962), the Republic of Kenya (from 1962-1964), the Republic of Austria (from 1964-1970), and the United Kingdom (from 1970-1972). From 1957 to 1970, Calhoun was privately educated by tutors during which time he excelled in languages and literature. In the United Kingdom, Calhoun was educated at Harrow School where he continued his excellent work in linguistics, learning to read and write in no fewer than 3 modern languages (French, German, and Italian) and 2 classical languages (Biblical Hebrew and Greek). In 1972, Francis returned to the United States to work in the Department of State. Barclay therefore finished his education in the United States at Phillips Exeter Academy, spending his summers in the southern states. Upon completion of his high school education, Barclay was accepted as a Rhodes scholar to study at Oxford University's Balliol College where he read to a double first in Classics and History. He would return to the United States to complete a Master's Degree in History at William and Mary College in 1980. He then began to work in the Department of State as a translator until 1986 when he returned to the academic world, completing a Ph.D. in History at Brown University. In 1989, Calhoun began teaching History at the University of North Carolina--Chapel Hill, becoming a tenured Professor in 1996 and the Dean of Arts in 1999. Calhoun also served as Chairman of the North Carolina Republicans from 2004-2008 when he resigned this position to run for State Senate. He was successful and served as a State Senator for two terms. In 2012, Calhoun ran a successful campaign to enter federal politics, becoming the US Representative for North Carolina's 8th District (Piedmont) by beating a one-term Democratic incumbent. After, himself, serving one term as Representative, Calhoun ran for the United States Senate against another one-term Democratic incumbent, Kay Hagan. Calhoun was successful in this electoral effort, riding the wave of support for Presidential nominee Donald Trump.
While he was studying at Oxford, Calhoun was a member of the Oxford University Conservatives, even serving as interim-Chairman for a short period. He was also a member of the prestigious Oxford Union and the Bullingdon Club. His tutors wrote of him that he was "a gifted linguist and a sharp mind," though they noted that he was "not very charismatic." Indeed, despite his membership to many organizations, Calhoun was not very effective at creating lasting friendships with his colleagues and was almost singularly disinterested in women. One of his contemporaries in the Bullingdon Club even said "Barclay was fastidious in his studies, but he didn't really get on with some of the chaps. When one of our friends took a trip to the continent with a young lady, Barclay was incredulous." This cold and aloof personality has carried on throughout his career and proved his largest political stumbling block. Barclay then moved on to study History at William and Mary College where he first joined the Republican Party, even serving as President of the College Republicans for two years. In this administrative role, Barclay was heralded as "the most efficient manager we've ever had," although the old complaints continued. In an era marked by increased fiscal conservatism and the Reagan Revolution, Barclay steadfastly refused to give in to what he called a "passing fad of fake conservatism." Indeed, Calhoun opposed many of Reagan's reforms, preferring what he called "an authentic American conservatism" which was characterized by severe isolationism, high tariffs, and almost non-existent internal economic regulation. "From this nation's founding through to the beginning of the twentieth century, we have seen that the federal government existed to ensure the protection of American industry and the safety of American citizens; what we have now, from all leaders in both parties, is a kind of internationalism that is foreign to the authentic American sensibility," he wrote in an article for the college paper. "There will come a day when the folly of international free trade, of world policing, and of burdensome domestic regulation will be so onerous on the American people that they shall cast it off. I await that day."
At William and Mary College one thing about Mr. Calhoun did change and that is that he met a woman whom he would marry. Brigid Suzannah O'Connor was an Irish freshman when Calhoun was in the final year of his masters studies, but the six year age gap made little difference to either of them. By the end of his studies at William and Mary, the couple were engaged and would marry by the end of the summer. Barclay would take a job in Virginia at the State Department, translating documents. This would last for six years, while Brigid finished her bachelor's degree and gave birth to their first child, Robert. In 1986, Barclay would move the family to Rhode Island where he would read to a doctorate in History. Here, he would also contest his first election as a Republican candidate for the House of Representatives. He lost to the Democratic candidate. Nevertheless, Calhoun made further inroads with the Rhode Island Republican Party before he moved, finally, to North Carolina to begin teaching at the University of North Carolina--Chapel Hill in 1989. In 1996, Dr. Calhoun received tenure after writing a number of well-received scholarly articles and contributing greatly to the still-fledgling Heritage Foundation. Calhoun remained actively involved at the state level of politics, serving as Chairman of the North Carolina Republicans for four years and successfully running to become a State Senator.
As State Senator, Calhoun would serve on the Education committee and established himself as being highly principled and as having a peculiar brand of conservatism, more reminiscent of a continental European than of the classically liberal American ideology. After four years in the State Senate, Calhoun had failed to make inroads in government leadership positions and decided to run for federal office. North Carolina's 8th District offered an opportunity to take a stab at unseating a one-term Democrat in a usually Republican seat. Calhoun jumped at the chance and won the nomination with some difficulty against a local rising star, Richard Hudson (Hudson would go on to occupy the seat after Calhoun resigned). In the US House of Representatives, Calhoun was able to establish his brand of conservatism quickly, which played well with an increasingly frustrated national audience, and was given many key positions in the Whip's Office and even served as Chair of the Ways and Means Committee for three months before announcing that he would not be seeking reelection to the House of Representatives in order to run for the Senate seat which was becoming available.
It was a fortuitous confluence of events which led to Calhoun's run: his opponent was a vulnerable, one-term Democrat who was not very popular in the state, the political climate was turning against Barack Obama's empty promises of change and toward a policy of nationalism which believed in defended borders, both physically and economically, and support for American industry. These changes were part of Calhoun's ride to the Senate and have helped establish him as a popular Republican figure, although he has yet to serve in leadership or on committee. His popularity only increased as President Trump echoed many of his political positions on a national scale and he easily won his re-election bid in 2020.