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David Jackson BAILEY

(1812-1897)

BAILEY, David Jackson, a Representative from Georgia; born in Lexington, Ga., March 11, 1812; educated by a private tutor; moved to Jackson, Butts County, in 1829; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1831 and practiced; elected to the State legislature before he was twenty-one, but was not permitted to take his seat because he was not of legal age; served as captain of a company through the Seminole and Creek Wars; served in the State house of representatives in 1835 and 1847; member of the State senate in 1838, 1849, and 1850; delegate to the Democratic county conventions in 1839 and 1850; secretary of the State senate 1839-1841; elected as a State Rights candidate to the Thirty-second Congress and as a Democrat to the Thirty-third Congress (March 4, 1851-March 3, 1855); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1854 to the Thirty-fourth Congress; again a member of the State senate, in 1855 and 1856, and served as president; resumed the practice of law in Jackson, Ga.; member of the secession convention in 1861; entered the Confederate Army during the Civil War and became colonel of the Thirtieth Regiment, Georgia Infantry; moved to Griffin, Spalding County, Ga., in 1861, where he died June 14, 1897; interment in Oak Hill Cemetery.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present

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