Gamaliel H. Barstow

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Gamaliel Henry Barstow
Gamaliel H. Barstow (New York Congressman).jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 25th district
In office
March 4, 1831 – March 3, 1833
Preceded byThomas Maxwell
Succeeded bySamuel Clark
New York State Treasurer
In office
GovernorDewitt Clinton
Preceded byAbraham Keyser, Jr.
Succeeded byAbraham Keyser, Jr.
Member of the New York State Assembly
from the Tioga County district
In office
New York State Senate western district
In office
Member of the New York State Assembly
from the Tioga County district
In office
January 1, 1816 – December 31, 1818
Preceded byCaleb Baker
Succeeded byHenry Wells
Personal details
BornJuly 20, 1784 (1784-07-20)
Sharon, Litchfield County, Connecticut
DiedMarch 30, 1865 (1865-03-31) (aged 80)
Nichols, Tioga County, New York
Citizenship United States
Political partyDemocratic–Republican
Spouse(s)Nancy Coryell Barstow
ChildrenElijah Barstow
Mary Barstow
John Barstow

Gamaliel Henry Barstow (July 20, 1784 – March 30, 1865) was a physician, an American politician, a judge, and a U. S. Representative for New York.


Barstow was born in Sharon, Litchfield County, Connecticut. He married Nancy Coryell and they had three children, Elijah, Mary, and John. He studied medicine in Great Barrington, Massachusetts


In 1812, Barstow moved to Tioga County, and there worked at his father's farm and taught school. Within a year he had become good friends with Judge Coryell (a powerful and influential figure in local politics) and by 1813 had married the Judges' daughter Nancy. He then built the first frame house in the town of Nichols, and opened a store at this location.

Barstow was a member of the New York State Assembly (Tioga Co.) in 1816, 1816-17 and 1818. He was First Judge of the Tioga County Court from 1818 to 1823, and at the same time a member of the New York State Senate (Western D.) from 1819 to 1822, sitting in the 42nd, 43rd, 44th and 45th New York State Legislatures. By 1823, he was ready for a bigger house so he bought a parcel of land and built a magnificent two-story brick New England style home which now, 175 years later, houses the current establishment, The Barstow House Restaurant.[1] He was again a member of the State Assembly in 1824 and 1827. He was New York State Treasurer from 1825 to 1826. In 1830, he was Town Supervisor of the Town of Nichols.

Elected as an Anti-Mason to the 22nd United States Congress, Barstow was U.S. Representative for the twenty-fifth district of New York from March 4, 1831 to March 3, 1833.

In 1836, he was the Whig candidate for Lieutenant Governor of New York on the ticket with Jesse Buel, but they were defeated by the incumbent Governor Marcy and Lt. Gov. John Tracy. Barstow was again State Treasurer from 1838 to 1839. Afterwards he continued the practice of medicine and engaged in agricultural pursuits in Nichols, New York.

Barstow died on March 30, 1865, in Nichols, Tioga County, New York; and was buried at the Ashbury Cemetery there.


  1. ^ "Gamaliel H. Barstow". Barstow House. Retrieved 17 August 2013.

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New York Assembly
Preceded by
Caleb Baker
New York State Assembly
Tioga County

Succeeded by
Henry Wells
Political offices
Preceded by
Abraham Keyser, Jr.
New York State Treasurer
Succeeded by
Abraham Keyser, Jr.
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Thomas Maxwell
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 25th congressional district

Succeeded by
Samuel Clark
Political offices
Preceded by
Abraham Keyser, Jr.
New York State Treasurer
Succeeded by
Jacob Haight