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William Pelham Barr is an American attorney who served as the 77th Attorney General of the United States.
At the U.S. Department of Justice, Barr served in the positions of Assistant Attorney General for the Office of Legal Counsel from 1989 to 1990, Deputy Attorney General from May 1990 to August 1991 and Acting Attorney General for three months. He was appointed Attorney General by President George H. Bush in 1991. After resigning as Attorney General, he returned to private practice and sits on the boards of directors of several U.S. corporations.
He served on the Board of Visitors of the College of William & Mary from 2001 until July 2005. As of 2004 Barr is a Vice President and the General Counsel of Verizon, having served in the same capacity with its predecessor GTE.