Jefferson portrayer Bill Barker to speak at annual Napoleon Hill Day at UVa-Wise

Bill Barker, known worldwide for his portrayals of Thomas Jefferson, will deliver the keynote address at the annual Napoleon Hill Day at The University of Virginia’s College at Wise.

The public is invited to attend the event, which begins at 1:30 p.m. in the Cantrell Banquet Hall on Oct. 25.

Barker has portrayed Thomas Jefferson in a variety of settings over the past 20 years. He first came to Williamsburg in the spring of 1993 to perform as Mr. Jefferson in a film made to honor Ambassador and Mrs. Walter H. Annenberg. He has continued to appear as Mr. Jefferson for Colonial Williamsburg, and assists in the development of Jefferson programs for the Foundation.

Born and raised in Philadelphia, Barker’s interest in Mr. Jefferson reaches back to his youth. He enjoys researching the American world Mr. Jefferson knew with an interest in the role the man played and continues to play in our American identity.

He appeared as Mr. Jefferson in programs aired on ABC, NBC, CBS, PBS, CNN, The History Channel, and C-SPAN. He enjoys historical research, archaeology and traveling.

Barker received a Bachelor of Arts degree in history from Villanova University and attended the University of Pennsylvania for a brief time. Attracted to the stage at an early age he became a professional actor, director and producer. He was cast as Mr. Jefferson in many different venues including the musical, 1776. Bill is the same height, weight and general appearance as Mr. Jefferson.

Napoleon Hill was born in poverty in a one-room cabin on the Pound River on Oct. 26, 1883. From these humble beginnings, the Wise County native became an advisor to presidents and a best-selling author. During the early 20th century, Hill interviewed the nation's most successful business leaders, including Andrew Carnegie and Henry Ford. Hill compiled his eight-volume set The Law of Success, a collection of the philosophy of individual achievement. He later condensed his research to compile “Think and Grow Rich,” often called one of the most important motivational books ever written.

The Napoleon Hill Foundation is located on the UVa-Wise campus.

For more information, contact the Office of College Relations at 276-328-0130.