BAYLIES, William

1776–1865

Biography

BAYLIES, William, (brother of Francis Baylies), a Representative from Massachusetts; born in Dighton, Mass., September 15, 1776; was graduated from Brown University, Providence, R.I., in 1795; studied law; was admitted to the bar and commenced practice in Bridgewater (west parish) in 1799; member of the State house of representatives in 1808, 1809, 1812, and 1813; served in the State senate in 1825 and 1826; presented credentials as a Federalist to the Eleventh Congress and served from March 4, 1809, until June 28, 1809, when he was succeeded by Charles Turner, Jr., who contested the election; elected as a Federalist to the Thirteenth and Fourteenth Congresses (March 4, 1813-March 3, 1817); again a member of the State house of representatives in 1820 and 1821; again served in the State senate in 1830 and 1831; elected as an Anti-Jacksonian to the Twenty-third Congress (March 4, 1833-March 3, 1835); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1834 to the Twenty-fourth Congress; resumed the practice of his profession; died in Taunton, Bristol County, Mass., on September 27, 1865; interment in the Old Cemetery, Dighton, Mass.

View Record in the Biographical Directory of the U.S. Congress

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External Research Collections

Boston Public Library

Boston, MA
Papers: In the Ellis Ames Papers, ca. 1694-1891, approximately 600 items. Persons represented include William Baylies.

University of Iowa Libraries
Special Collections Department

Iowa City, IA
Papers: 1851, 1 item. A letter from Lucius M. Sargent to William Baylies written on March 3, 1851. In the letter, Lucius Sargent requests the grounds upon which the assertion was based that Judge Leonard wrote the letters of Massachuettensis.
Papers: 1851, 1 item. A letter from Lucius M. Sargent to William Baylies written on March 13, 1851. In the letter, Lucius Sargent asks for evidence that Daniel Leonard wrote Massachusettensis rather than Jonathan Sewell; mentioning earlier correspondence with John Adams pertaining to this issue; stating his plans to publish something regarding the controversy.
Papers: 1851, 1 item. A letter from William Baylies to Lucius Manlius Sargent written on March 18, 1851. In the letter, William Baylies offers the reasons he believes that Daniel Leonard wrote Massachusettensus; mentioning John Adams's opinions in the Leonard-Sewell controversy.
Papers: 1852, 1 item. A letter from William Baylies to L. M. Sargent written on March 17, 1852. In the letter, William Baylies discusses the authorship of Massachusettensis; concerning his belief that Daniel Leonard wrote them rather than Johathan Sewell; mentioning John Adams's opinion regarding the matter.
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Bibliography / Further Reading

Baylies, William. A funeral oration occasioned by the death of Mr. John Whiting Wells, a member of the junior class in Rhode-Island College, who departed this life January 4, 1794, in the 19th year of his age: delivered in the college chapel, on Thursday, April 10, 1794. Printed at Providence: By Carter and Wilkinson, 1794.

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