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BARNES, Alfred Smith, publisher, born in New Haven, Connecticut, 28 January, 1817: died in Brooklyn, New York, 17 February, 1888. He entered the book-publishing business at sixteen years of age in Hartford, Connecticut, went to New York in 1835, and in 1838 formed a partnership with Professor Charles Davies for the publication of the latter's mathematical works. He removed to Philadelphia in 1840, but returned to New York in 1845, and continued in the active management of his business till 1880. Soon after settling in New York he formed the plan of publishing the " National Series of Standard School Books," and the firm's principal business has been in educational works. Mr. Barnes was interested in the establishment of the elevated railroads of New York city, and was connected with the central branch of the Union Pacific railroad, and several banking and insurance institutions. He gave liberally, and left $25,000 to be equally divided between twenty-five educational institutions, $25,000 to be equally divided between five religious societies, and $45,000 to the Young men's Christian association of Cornell.
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