Biography of Charles H. Bayless
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CHARLES H. BAYLESS, treasurer and general manager of Bayless & Berkalew Co., one of the oldest live stock firms in Arizona, was born at Highland, Pas., November 23, 1863. He is the eldest son of William H. and Margaret Patterson Bayless. His father, now in his eighty fifth year, but still well and active, together with a younger brother, John Stuart Bayless, are the other members of B. & B. Co. Mr. Bayless was graduated from Highland College in the class of 1884, was valedictorian, and has received the degrees of A. B. and A. M. On leaving college he came to Arizona, where he assisted his father in organizing the live stock business, of which he is now head. In 1885 he returned to his home and became assistant cashier in the banking house of J. P. Johnson, one of the very few millionaires in Kansas at that time. Later he accepted a call to the chair of mathematics in his Alma Mater. Upon the sudden death of the president of the institution Mr. Bayless was made acting president and for two years had full charge of all college work. He then resigned in order to take post graduate work at The Johns Hopkins University. Before completing his course there he was called to Arizona by the illness of his father and in 1892 he decided to give up his college career and devote his time to business. Always interested in educational matters, Mr. Bayless has served the University of Arizona as member and treasurer of its Board of Regents under Governors Brodie, Kibbey and Sloan. His earliest business experience was banking and for several years he has been a director and member of the loan committee of the Consolidated National Bank of Tucson. Mr. Bayless is a Republican, has ever been a worker in his party, and has held several positions of honor and trust. He was once appointed County Supervisor and later elected to the same office, when he served as Chairman of the Board with credit to his constituents and himself. Mr. Bayless is a charter member of the Tucson Lodge of Elks and The Old Pueblo Club, and affiliated with the Presbyterian church. A firm believer in Tucson and its future, he has served as President of its Chamber of Commerce and is actively interested in the development of the country's resources. Some of the choicest irrigated lands in Pima County belong to Bayless, Berkalew & Co., and its high bred cattle have long commanded the fanciest prices. Mr. Bayless is unmarried and makes his home with his brother at his elegant residence on University Avenue.

From:
Who's Who in Arizona
Vol 1
Compiled and Published by Jo Conners
Press of The Arizona Daily Star
Tucson, Arizona 1913


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