History of the City of Nashua, N. H., From the Earliest Settlement of Old Dunstable to the Year 1895; With Biographical Sketches of Early Settlers, Their Descendants and Other Residents


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400 HISTORY OF NASHUA, N. H. WILLIAM WALLACE BAILEY. Hon. William W. Bailey was born in Hopkinton in 1829. He is a son of Thomas and Jemima (Smith) Bailey. His great grandfather, Humphrey Bailey, was probably a descendant of John Bailey, who came from Hampshire, Eng., about 1640 and settled at Rowley, Mass. His great grandfather and grandfather, Thomas, moved from Hav- erhill, Mass., to Hopkinton about 1771. They were sturdy and respected farmers and resided there until their death. O11 the maternal side he is a de- scendant of Moody Smith, a Revolu- tionary pensioner, who came from Danville to Hop- kinton about 1780. Mr. Bailey at- tended the district schools of his na- tive place and was a student at Pem- broke academy and the New Hampshire con- ference seminary at Northfield , where he fitted for college. He en- tered Dartmouth college in 1850 and was graduated in the class of 1854. Mr. Bailey read law in the office of George & Foster, Concord, and com- pleted his course of study of this profession at the Albany, N. Y., law school, where he was graduated in 1856 with the degree of LL. B. Following his graduation he set- tled in Nashua, and has continued in practice to the present time. Mr. Bailey is a sound and able lawyer, having the confi- dence of the court, his associates at the bar and has a numerous client- age. He served the city as solicitor in 1884, during which time its legal interests were faithfully cared for. Mr. Bailey, like many another citizen and attorney of Nashua, has been a good deal more than a professional man among the people. He has been active in public affairs, and that he has the confidence of his fellow-men is shown in the fact that he represented Ward one in the legislature in 1863 and 1864, and was supported by his party for state senator in 1867 and 1868, for presidential elector at large 011 the democratic ticket in 1884, and for member of congress in 1886. Mr. Bailey served the state as trustee of the New Hampshire College of Agricul- ture and Mechanic Arts from 1871 to 1876, and the city of Nashua for several years as member of the board of education, and as trustee of the public library from 1873 to the present time. In all these positions he has rendered the state and this community faithful service ; his integrity and singleness of purpose never having been called in question. He was director and president of the Wilton rail- road c o in pa n y from 1871 to 1874, when he was elected a director of the Nashua & Lowell railroad, having been re- elected every year since then, and has also been treasurer of the corporation since 1891. He was president of the Nashua Savings bank from 1879 to 1895, also a direc- tor in the Indian Head National bank and the Hil lsborough mills, being presi- dent of the last named company. Mr. Bailey is a 111 ember of the First Congrega- tional church, the New England His- toric Genealogical society, and presi- dent of the State Library associa- tion. He is a member of Rising Sun lodge, A. F. and A . M ., of which he was the worshipful master in 1862 and 1863, and is a Scottish rite Mason of the 32d degree. Besides attending to the duties of his profession he has found time to devote to the preparation of articles of historic interest, which he has read before the New England Historical society. Mr. Bailey was united in marriage in 1858 with Mary B. Greeley, daughter of Alfred and Mary (Webster) Greeley, and a descendant of Andrew Greeley, who was born in England and came to this country early in the seventeenth century, settling at Salisbury, Mass. Four

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