Wesley Bailey

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Wesley Bailey (1808 – February 26, 1889) was an American newspaper editor and politician from New York.


He learned the printer's trade, and was a Minister of the Reformed Methodist Church. He also taught school in DeWitt, New York. In 1833, he married Eunice Kinne (1807–1860), and they had six children. They lived in High Bridge, a hamlet in the Town of Manlius.

He edited from 1840 to 1842 the Fayetteville Luminary and Reformed Methodist Iintelligencer (Methodist Reformer after September 23, 1841), from 1842 to 1849 the Liberty Press, the paper of the Liberty Party, and from 1849 to 1852 the Utica Teetotaller.

In September 1854, he was a delegate to the Temperance state convention which nominated Myron H. Clark for Governor. In 1855, he was nominated by the Republicans for Inspector of State Prisons but was defeated by the American Party candidate William A. Russell. In 1856, he ran again and this time was elected, being in office from 1857 to 1859.

In 1860, he removed to Decorah, Iowa, and published there the Decorah Republic, from 1866 on the Decorah Republican, until 1869, when he transferred the paper to his sons Ansel K. Bailey (d. 1909) and Alvan Stewart Bailey.

His oldest son, Elijah Prentice Bailey (b. 1834), worked for the Utica Daily Observer from 1853 on, later became its sole editor and owner, and was twice Postmaster of Utica.