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John Mosher Bailey

John Mosher Bailey
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 16th district
In office
November 5, 1878 – March 3, 1881
Preceded by Terence J. Quinn
Succeeded by Michael N. Nolan
Personal details
Born August 24, 1838 (1838-08-24)
Bethlehem, New York
Died February 21, 1916 (1916-02-22) (aged 77)
Albany, New York
Citizenship  United States
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Dell L. Hooker Bailey
Children Judson Hooker Bailey

Jennie Bailey Bradley

Alma mater Union College, Schenectady, New York
Profession lawyer



Military service
Allegiance United States United States of America
Service/branch United States Army
Rank first lieutenant


Unit One Hundred and Seventy-seventh Regiment, New York Volunteer Infantry
Battles/wars American Civil War

John Mosher Bailey (August 24, 1838 – February 21, 1916) was an American politician who represented New York in the United States House of Representatives from 1878-1881.


Bailey was born in Bethlehem, New York. He attended the public schools, and Hudson River Institute at Claverack, New York. He graduated from Union College, Schenectady, New York in 1861. He married Dell L. Hooker on September 21, 1864, and they had two children, Judson Hooker Bailey, and Jennie Bailey Bradley.[1]


During the American Civil War, he entered the Union Army as a first lieutenant and adjutant of the One Hundred and Seventy-seventh Regiment, New York Volunteer Infantry, and served in the Department of the Gulf in 1862. After his service in the war, he graduated from the Albany Law School in 1864 and was admitted to the bar the same year. He commenced practice in Albany, New York. He was the assistant district attorney of Albany County, New York 1865–1867, the collector of internal revenue from 1871 to 1874, and the district attorney of Albany County from 1874 to 1877.

Bailey was elected as a Republican to the Forty-fifth Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Terence J. Quinn representing the sixteenth district of New York; and was reelected to the Forty-sixth Congress. He served from November 5, 1878, to March 3, 1881,[2] and was not a candidate for renomination in 1880.

After leaving Congress, Bailey was the United States consul to Hamburg, Germany, by appointment of President James Garfield, and served in that capacity from 1881 to 1885. He served as a delegate to the Republican National Convention in 1888 and was appointed by President Benjamin Harrison as surveyor of customs at Albany, New York from 1889 to 1894. He resumed the practice of law. He died in Albany, New York


Bailey died in Albany, Albany County, New York, on February 21, 1916 (age 77 years, 181 days). He is interred at Elmwood Cemetery, Bethlehem, New York.[3]


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Preceded by
Terence J. Quinn
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 16th congressional district

1878 - 1881
Succeeded by
Michael N. Nolan
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