Francis Baylies

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Francis Baylies
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Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Massachusetts's 10th district
In office
March 4, 1821 – March 3, 1823
Preceded by Marcus Morton
Succeeded by John Bailey
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Massachusetts's 12th district
In office
March 4, 1823 – March 3, 1827
Preceded by Lewis Bigelow
Succeeded by James L. Hodges
United States Chargé d'Affaires, Argentina
In office
15 June 1832 – 26 September 1832
Preceded by John Murray Forbes
Succeeded by William Brent, Jr.
Personal details
Born October 16, 1783
Taunton, Massachusetts
Died October 28, 1852.
Taunton, Massachusetts
Resting place Old Plain Cemetery
Political party Federalist,
Jackson Federalist,
Jacksonian
Spouse(s) Elizabeth Moulton
Children Harriet Baylies
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Francis Baylies (October 16, 1783 – October 28, 1852) was a U.S. Representative from Massachusetts, and brother of congressman William Baylies. His great-grandfather was Thomas Baylies, an ironmaster from Coalbrookdale, England, who immigrated to Boston in 1737.

Baylies was born in Taunton, Massachusetts, in 1783, the son of Dr. William Baylies (1742–1826).[1] He studied law, and was admitted to the bar in 1810 and commenced practice in Taunton, Massachusetts. He later served as Register of Probate for Bristol County 1812–1820. He was an unsuccessful candidate for election in 1818 to the Sixteenth Congress.

Baylies was elected as a Federalist to the Seventeenth Congress, a Jackson Federalist to the Eighteenth Congress, and a Jacksonian to the Nineteenth Congress (March 4, 1821 – March 3, 1827). He was an unsuccessful candidate in 1827 for reelection to the Twentieth Congress. He served as member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives from 1827 to 1832.

Jackson then appointed him to the post of United States chargé d'affaires in Buenos Aires in the Argentine Confederation following the USS Lexington raid on the Falkland Islands in 1831. The USS Peacock conveyed Mr. Baylies and family to la Plata and on the occasion, both the British line-of-battle ship Plantagenet and H. B. M. frigate Druid complimented her flag by playing Hail, Columbia.[2]:pp.25,26 His very short term in office was due to the unsettled conditions of the time.

Baylies was again elected to the Massachusetts House of Representatives in 1835. He engaged in literary pursuits. He died in Taunton, Massachusetts, October 28, 1852, and was interred in the Old Plain Cemetery.

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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Marcus Morton
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Massachusetts's 10th congressional district

March 4, 1821 – March 3, 1823
Succeeded by
John Bailey
Preceded by
Lewis Bigelow
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Massachusetts's 12th congressional district

March 4, 1823 – March 3, 1827
Succeeded by
James L. Hodges
Political offices
Preceded by
Register of Probate, Bristol County, Massachusetts
1812-1820
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives
1827-1832
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives
1835-1835
Succeeded by
Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
John M. Forbes
United States Chargé d'Affaires, Argentina
15 June 1832–26 September 1832
Succeeded by
William Brent, Jr.