Ralph Emerson Bailey
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 was graduated from the Southeast Missouri Teachers' College 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 1912-1914 and again 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.