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This biography is from Landmarks of Albany County, New York, edited by Amasa J. Parker of Albany, N. Y., Syracuse, N. Y.; D. Mason & Co. Publishers, 1897.

William Barnes, Jr.

William Barnes, Jr., was born in the city of Albany, N. Y., November 17, 1866, and is a son of William Barnes, the first superintendent of insurance of the State of New York. His mother was Emily Weed Barnes, a daughter of Thurlow Weed, founder and for many years editor of the Albany Evening Journal and the most conspicuous figure in State politics during his time. Mr. Barnes obtained a good preliminary education in the Albany Academy, graduating therefrom in 1884. In the fall of the same year he entered Harvard College and took the degree of A. B. from that institution in 1888. In December, 1888, he purchased the Albany Morning Express, and in April, 1889, a majority of the capital stock of the Journal Company, publishers of the Albany Evening Journal, and as president of the Journal Company, has since conducted these newspapers with uninterrupted success.

Mr. Barnes has taken for several years an active part in the politics of the State, and for some time has been a recognized leader of his party in Eastern New York. In 1892 he was elected a member of the Republican State Committee for the Congressional district composed of the county of Albany, and has been re-elected to that office each year since. In 1896 he was a delegate to the Republican National Convention at St. Louis. He is a public spirited citizen, taking a keen interest in every movement affecting the general welfare, and as a journalist holds a high place, both in business and literary circles. He is prominently connected with various organizations of his native city.

On the 12th of June, 1888, he was married to Miss Grace Davis, daughter of William Henry Davis, of Cincinnati, O.

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