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Demas Barnes (4 April 1827 in Gorham Township, Ontario Countymarker – 1 May 1888 in New York Citymarker) was a United States Representative from New Yorkmarker.


Demas Barnes attended public school, and later engaged in mercantile pursuits. He moved to New York Citymarker in 1849 and engaged in the drug business, including Charles Henry Fletcher's Castoria. Barnes crossed the continent in a wagon and studied the mineral resources of Coloradomarker, Nevadamarker, and Californiamarker.

Writing and other pursuits

Barnes returned to New York Citymarker and wrote article and published works concerning his experiences in the United Statesmarker. He established and edited the Brooklyn Argus in 1873 and was also engaged in the real-estate business. Barnes also was a member of the board of education, and was one of the original trustees of the Brooklyn Bridgemarker when it was a private enterprise.


Demas Barnes was elected as a Democrat to the Fortieth Congress from March 4, 1867 to March 3, 1869), though was not a candidate for renomination in 1868.


Demas Barnes died in New York Citymarker May 1, 1888, and was interred in Greenwood Cemeterymarker, Brooklynmarker, New Yorkmarker.


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