Leonard C. Bailey
Leonard C. Bailey (1825 - September 1, 1918) was an African-American entrepreneur, inventor, and banker. He founded one of the first African-American banks in the United States.
Bailey invented and received patents for a series of devices, many designed for military or government use. These included a folding bed, a rapid mail-stamping machine, a device to shunt trains to different tracks, and a hernia truss adopted into wide use by the U.S. military. Bailey had to escape from a military camp after there was an attempt to capture him as a slave while he was dropping off his inventions. These inventions provided him with a sizable income.
Bailey helped establish the Capital Savings Bank of Washington D.C., one of the first African-American owned banks in the U.S. During the Panic of 1893, the bank maintained its solvency by obtaining a personal loan from a national bank.
Bailey was a member of the first mixed-race jury in Washington D.C., which found Millie Gaines not guilty of murder by reason of insanity. He served as a member of the board of directors of the Manassas Industrial School for Colored Youth where a residence hall was named after him.
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