BAILEY, Theodorus

1758–1828

Biography

BAILEY, Theodorus, a Representative and a Senator from New York; born near Fishkill, Dutchess County, N.Y., October 12, 1758; attended the rural schools; studied law; admitted to the bar in 1778 and commenced practice in Poughkeepsie, N.Y.; served with the New York Militia during the Revolutionary War; served in the State militia 1786-1805 and attained the rank of brigadier general; elected to the Third and Fourth Congresses (March 4, 1793-March 3, 1797); elected to the Sixth Congress (March 4, 1799-March 3, 1801); elected to the Seventh Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Thomas Tillotson and served from October 6, 1801, to March 3, 1803; simultaneously served in the New York State assembly in 1802; elected to the United States Senate and served from March 4, 1803, to January 16, 1804, when he resigned to accept the position of postmaster of the city of New York, which he held until his death on September 6, 1828; interment in the Dutch Burying Ground; reinterment in the Rural Cemetery, Poughkeepsie, N.Y., January 8, 1864.

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External Research Collections

Boston Public Library

Boston, MA
Papers: 1 item.

Columbia University
Rare Book and Manuscript Library

New York, NY
Papers: 1 letter (January 5, 1812) in the Van Schaack family collection. Finding aid.

New-York Historical Society

New York, NY
Papers: 15 letters (1800-1818) to his brother William Bailey, in the Elizabeth M. Smith collection, 1662-1932. Also a receipt book (1804-1811) primarily recording salary payments to postal employees; includes some personal business. Finding aid.

New York State Library
Manuscripts and Special Collections

Albany, NY
Papers: 1787-1801. 8 items. 4 letters (May 19, 1787; November 6, 1795; February 26, 1796; June 18, 1796), and 4 receipts. Finding aid.

Pierpont Morgan Library

New York, NY
Papers: 1799-1810. 2 items.

State University of New York
College at Plattsburgh Feinberg Library

Plattsburgh, NY
Papers: Correspondence in the Bailey & Delord records, 1812-1850; and in the Bailey family papers, 1801-1836. Finding aid.
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Bibliography / Further Reading

No known books or articles.

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