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Charles Montgomery Barnes

Born: 8-Sep-1833
Birthplace: Canton, IL
Died: 19-May-1907
Location of death: Seattle, WA
Cause of death: unspecified
Remains: Buried, Wheaton Cemetery, Wheaton, IL

Gender: Male
Religion: Congregationalist
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Business
Party Affiliation: Republican

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Founder of Barnes & Noble

Military service: 93rd Illinois Volunteer Infantry (Chaplain, 1861-65)

Charles Montgomery Barnes followed his father into the ministry, serving first as a military chaplain during the American Civil War, and later as pastor at several midwestern churches. After suffering a long illness, he left the ministry in the early 1870s, and in 1873 he began selling second-hand textbooks out of his home in Wheaton, Illinois. He eventually relocated to Chicago, where he reorganized the business as C.M. Barnes Company in 1894. Barnes Co became a leader in the sale and distribution of school textbooks, and Barnes was a wealthy man when he retired in 1902 from what was then called the Barnes-Wilcox Company. Under the management of his son, William Barnes, Barnes-Wilcox expanded its selection to include general interest titles, and in 1917 merged with Manhattan bookseller Noble & Noble to form Barnes & Noble.

Father: Romulus Barnes (Congregationalist minister, b. 16-Oct-1800)
Mother: Olivia Dunham Barnes ("Olive", b. 22-Feb-1807, m. 12-Apr-1831, d. 19-Apr-1887)
Brother: Joseph Avery Barnes (pharmacist)
Brother: Romulus Edwin Barnes (b. 4-Mar-1832, d. 19-Oct-1911)
Sister: Sarah Matilda Barnes Moore Carey (b. 25-Sep-1837, d. 29-Jun-1909)
Brother: Samuel Dunham Barnes (b. 5-Oct-1839, d. 18-May-1916)
Sister: Mary Louisa Barnes Carey (b. 21-Jan-1842, d. 2-Jan-1883)
Sister: Jane Olivia Barnes (b. 28-Nov-1843, d. 2-Feb-1917)
Brother: Henry Albert Barnes (b. 15-Apr-1845, d. 18-Oct-1845)
Wife: Ellen Moore Barnes (b. 1837, m. 30-Oct-1860, d. 1923)
Daughter: Ovivia Barnes Dodds (b. 11-Oct-1861)
Son: James Moore Barnes (b. 20-Apr-1864, d. infancy)
Son: William Robbins Barnes (Barnes & Noble executive, b. 12-May-1866)
Son: Samuel Dunham Barnes (physician, b. 7-Nov-1869)
Son: Milton Moore Barnes (b. Aug-1872, d. infancy)
Daughter: Ellen Estelle Barnes Fox (b. 14-Jan-1875, d. 1948)
Daughter: Mary Maud Barnes Steele (b. Apr-1877)

    University: BA, Knox College (1856)
    Theological: Andover Newton Theological School
    Theological: Chicago Theological Seminary (1859)

    Barnes & Noble Founder & President (C.M. Barnes Co., 1873-1902)
    English Ancestry


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