William Francis Bailey

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William Francis Bailey was a politician and judge in Wisconsin.


Bailey was born on June 20, 1842 in Carmel, New York.[1] During the American Civil War, he served with the Union Army, enlisting as a corporal and achieving the rank of captain. In 1867, he moved to Eau Claire, Wisconsin.[2] Bailey married twice. His first wife, Mercy, died in 1882. Bailey's second wife, Frances, died in 1943. He died on April 5, 1915.

Political career[edit]

After serving as District Attorney of Eau Claire County, Wisconsin, Bailey was Mayor of Eau Claire from 1878 to 1879 and again in 1884. In 1890, he was a candidate for the United States House of Representatives from Wisconsin's 8th congressional district. He lost to incumbent Nils P. Haugen.[3] Bailey later served as a district court judge from 1892 to 1898. He was a Democrat.


  1. ^ "Pvt William Francis Baiely, Sr". Find a Grave. Retrieved 2012-01-12. 
  2. ^ "Bailey, William Francis 1842 - 1915". Wisconsin Historical Society. Retrieved 2012-01-12. 
  3. ^ "Wisconsin U.S. House Elections 1848-2008". University of Minnesota. Retrieved 2012-01-12.