Ralph Emerson Bailey

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Ralph Emerson Bailey (July 14, 1878 – April 8, 1948) was a U.S. Representative from Missouri.

Born in Cainsville, Missouri, Bailey moved to Illinois with his parents, who settled in Benton, Franklin County, in 1880. He attended the graded and high schools at Benton. He moved to Bloomfield, Missouri, in 1897. He graduated from the Southeast Missouri Teachers' College (now Southeast Missouri State University) at Cape Girardeau in 1901. Afterwards took a special course in the University of Missouri. He studied law. He was admitted to the bar in 1907 and commenced practice in Bloomfield, Missouri. He moved to Sikeston, Missouri, in 1910 and continued the practice of law. City attorney in 1912–1914 and again in 1918–1922. He served as a member of the board of regents of the Southeast Missouri Teachers' College.

Bailey was elected as a Republican to the Sixty-ninth Congress (March 4, 1925 – March 3, 1927). He was not a candidate for renomination in 1926 to the Seventieth Congress. He resumed the practice of law in Sikeston, Missouri. He died in Cape Girardeau, Missouri, April 8, 1948. He was interred in the City Cemetery, Sikeston, Missouri.


U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
James F. Fulbright
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Missouri's 14th congressional district

Succeeded by
James F. Fulbright