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Willis Joshua BAILEY

(1854-1932)

BAILEY, Willis Joshua, a Representative from Kansas; born near Mount Carroll, Carroll County, Ill., October 12, 1854; attended the common schools, Mount Carroll High School, and the University of Illinois at Urbana; moved to Nemaha County, Kans., in 1879; engaged in agricultural pursuits, stock raising, and banking; founded the town of Baileyville, Kans.; member of the Kansas house of representatives 1888-1890; president of the Republican State League in 1893; member of the Kansas State Board of Agriculture 1895-1899; elected as a Republican to the Fifty-sixth Congress (March 4, 1899-March 3, 1901); was not a candidate for renomination in 1900 to the Fifty-seventh Congress; Governor of Kansas 1903-1905; moved to Atchison, Kans., in 1907 and engaged in the banking business; elected a director of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, Mo., in 1914, governor in 1922, and served until his death in Mission Hills, Johnson County, Kans., May 19, 1932; interment in Mount Vernon Cemetery, Atchison, Kans.

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

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