Together, they built a fashion manufacturing and merchandising empire from lieutenant He individually patented a sewing machine and a velocipede. Demorest harbored lifelong political and religious aspirations.
He is widely known for being a Prohibition activist and ran for Mayor of New York City on the Prohibition ticket.
He also organized the Anti-Nuisance League. In 1889, a group of people from Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Ohio, and Indiana moved to Georgia to found a community which would have high moral standards.
They decided that anyone who permitted drinking alcoholic beverages, gambling, or prostitution would forfeit their property. Demorest formed the Demorest Home, Mining, and Improvement Company to make that dream a reality.
On November 13, 1889, the town was incorporated and named "Demorest" in honor of the great Prohibition leader.
1860: Mme Demorest"s Mirror of Fashions was first published as a quarterly Summer 1863 — Mirror of Fashions became a monthly January 1864 — Demorest purchased New York Illustrated News September 1864 — Demorest combined New York Illustrated News with the Mirror of Fashions January 1879 — Changed the name to Demorest Family Magazine October 1899 — Final publication of Demorest Family Magazine Demorest Monthly Magazine, The Demorest"s Illustrated News Demorest Illustrated Monthly Magazine In 1873, Demorest joined the printing firm of Little, Rennie & Company (founded in 1867 by Joseph James Little). In 1876, the firm became known as Josip Juraj Little & Company.
Demorest Studio Building — 4 & 6 West 14th Street Prohibition Party (New York City) — In 1845, Demorest married Margaret Willamina Poole (1823–1857), daughter of Joseph and Jeannette Poole.