|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives|
from New York's 2nd district
March 4, 1867 – March 3, 1869
|Preceded by||Teunis G. Bergen|
|Succeeded by||John G. Schumaker|
|Born||April 4, 1827|
|Died||May 1, 1888 (aged 61)|
New York, New York
|Spouse(s)||Anna Dorinda Blaksley|
|Children||Mildred Barnes Bliss|
|Occupation||patent medicine manufacturer
Barnes moved to New York City in 1849 and entered in the drug business, including Charles Henry Fletcher's Castoria. Barnes crossed the continent in a wagon and studied the mineral resources of Colorado, Nevada, and California.
Upon returning to New York City Barnes wrote articles and published works concerning his experiences in the United States. He also started his wholesale drug business in New York City in 1853 and was highly prosperous as a patent medicine manufacturer. He was one of the first to request private die stamps after they were authorized, and the first three Barnes stamps were approved by the Commissioner of Internal Revenue in September 1862. These were the 1¢, 2¢, and 4¢ D.S. Barnes stamps in a vertical format printed in black and in vermillion.
Barnes established and edited the "Brooklyn Argus" in 1873 and was also engaged in the real-estate business. He was a member of the board of education, and was one of the original trustees of the Brooklyn Bridge when it was a private enterprise.
Elected as a Democrat to the Fortieth Congress Barnes served as a U.S. Representative for the second district of New York from March 4, 1867 to March 3, 1869, though was not a candidate for renomination in 1868.
- United States Congress. "Demas Barnes (id: B000156)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
- Demas Barnes at Find a Grave
|U.S. House of Representatives|
Teunis G. Bergen
| Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 2nd congressional district
John G. Schumaker