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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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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