Goldsmith Bailey

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Goldsmith Fox Bailey
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Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Massachusetts's 9th district
In office
March 4, 1861 – May 8, 1862
Preceded byEli Thayer
Succeeded byAmasa Walker
Member of the Fitchburg School Committee
In office
Member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives
In office
Member of the Massachusetts State Senate
In office
Personal details
BornJuly 17, 1823
East Westmoreland, New Hampshire
DiedMay 8, 1862(1862-05-08) (aged 38)
Fitchburg, Massachusetts
Spouse(s)Sophia Bailey
OccupationPrinter editor and publisher (up to 1848)
ProfessionAttorney (admitted to the bar in 1848)

Goldsmith Fox Bailey (July 17, 1823 – May 8, 1862) was a U.S. Representative from Massachusetts.

Born in East Westmoreland, New Hampshire, when he was three years old, his widowed mother moved with him to Fitchburg.[1]

Bailey attended the public schools of Fitchburg, Massachusetts. When he was 17 Bailey started work as an apprentice for the Bellows Falls Gazette. By 1844 Bailey became editor and publisher of the newspaper.[1]

In 1845 Bailey began to study law, first with William C. Bradley in Westminster, Vermont and later with the firm of Torrey and Wood in Fitchburg.[1]

Bailey was admitted to the bar in 1848 and commenced practice in Fitchburg, Massachusetts as a partner in the law firm of N. Wood & Co.[1]

Bailey served on the Fitchburg, Massachusetts school committee from 1849 to 1854. He was appointed postmaster of Fitchburg on May 3, 1851 and served until May 4, 1853, when his successor was appointed. Bailey served as member of the Massachusetts house of representatives in 1857. He served in the Massachusetts State Senate 1858–60. Bailey was the Republican Party candidate for congress in Massachusetts' ninth congressional district in the 1860 election.[1]

Bailey was elected as a Republican to the Thirty-seventh Congress and served from March 4, 1861, until his death in Fitchburg, Massachusetts, May 8, 1862. He was interred in Laurel Hill Cemetery, with a cenotaph at the Congressional Cemetery.[2]

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  1. ^ a b c d e Emerson, William Andrew (1887), Fitchburg, Massachusetts, Past and Present, Fitchburg, MA: Press of Blanchard & Brown, p. 284
  2. ^ Goldsmith Bailey profile,; accessed June 15, 2015.

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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Eli Thayer
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Massachusetts's 9th congressional district

Succeeded by
Amasa Walker