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Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives, Gift of Jim Oliver


BARNES, Demas, A Representative from New York; born in Gorham Township, Ontario County, N.Y., April 4, 1827; attended the public schools; engaged in mercantile pursuits; moved to New York City in 1849 and engaged in the drug business; crossed the continent in a wagon and studied the mineral resources of Colorado, Nevada, and California; returned to New York City and wrote articles and published works concerning his experiences; elected as a Democrat to the Fortieth Congress (March 4, 1867-March 3, 1869); was not a candidate for renomination in 1868; established and edited the Brooklyn Argus in 1873 and was also engaged in the real-estate business; member of the board of education; one of the original trustees of the Brooklyn Bridge when it was a private enterprise; died in New York City May 1, 1888; interment in Greenwood Cemetery.

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External Research Collections

University of Iowa Libraries
Special Collections Department

Iowa City, IA
Papers: n.d., 1 item. A letter from Demas Barnes to [?] Smythe, [18--] desiring an appointment for Mr. Geery.
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Bibliography / Further Reading

Barnes, Demas. From the Atlantic to the Pacific, overland; a series of letters. New York: D. Van Nostrand, 1866. Reprint, New York: Arno Press, 1973.

------. National finances. [New York: D. Barnes, 1866?]

------. In search of summer breezes in northern Europe. New York: C. F. Bloom, 1887.

------. Speech of Hon. Demas Barnes, of New York, on the financial condition of the country; delivered in the House of Representatives, January 11, 1868. Washington: F. & J. Rives & G. A. Bailey, 1868.

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