Biography of John B. Baylies
Bristol County, MA Biographies

Baylies, John B., son of John and Mary (Shaw) Baylies, was born in Taunton, August 31, 1822. His father was a prominent figure in Whig politics and afterward a Democrat, and for over thirty years was a deputy sheriff of Bristol county. He also was in charge of the House of Correction for ten years and for several years was a county commissioner. He served on the Board of Selectmen of the town of New Bedford for a considerable period, and died in New Bedford at the age of sixtyseven years, honored and respected by all who had known him. John B. Baylies attended the academy at Taunton and when twelve years old came with the family to New Bedford, where he also attended school. For some time he was engaged in whaling and later went into the employ of George M. Eddy as a clerk. He afterwards formed a partnership with Mr. Eddy and later with Job A. T. Eddy, under the firm name of Eddy & Baylies, conducting a dry goods store on Union street for over thirteen years. At the end of this time he again became associated with George M. Eddy, under the name of George M. Eddy & Co., and conducted a dry goods business for four years under that name. He then established his auction and second hand business on Union street and has continued successfully for over thirtyseven years. Mr. Baylies is now one of tile oldest active business men in New Bed ford. Like his father he has been interested in politics, but has never held public office, with the exception of four years as alderman from the Fifth ward. In 1847 he married Mary C:, daugbter of Abram Eddy of New Bedford, and they had three sons: Clifford, John and Arthur.

Our county and its people
A descriptive and biographical history of
Bristol County, Massachusetts
Prepaired and published under the auspices of
The Fall River News and The Taunton Gasette
With assistance of Hon. Alanson Borden
The Boston History Company, Publishers, 1899.

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