Biography of Bernard C. Bailey
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Bernard C. Bailey was a grandson of Col. John Bailey, of Hanover, Mass., who was an officer in the Continental service in 1775, having command of a regiment in May of that year, held the commission of colonel in 1776 and served during the Revolutionary War with the reputation of a brave and faithful officer. Bernard C. was born in Hanover, May 17, 1796, and married Jane Doten Donnell, who was born in Hanover, May 3, 1797.

Coming to Bath at an early age, Mr. Bailey entered upon active business in navigation, merchandise, and manufacturing, in all of which he met with success. In 1853 and 1854 he was elected mayor, and his administration was notable for the needed improvement of the streets of the city, into the work of which he entered with vigor and efficiency. When the Marine National Bank was organized Mr. Bailey was one of its founders and its first president, which position he held until his death in June, 1876, when eighty years of age. He was mayor at the time of the Know Nothing riot of 1854. Mr. Bailey was a very enterprising business man, straightforward in all his dealings, of exceedingly pleasant manners, and as a prominent citizen was greatly esteemed.

Samuel D. Bailey, son of the above, was in partnership with his father in ship building and other branches of his business, and succeeded him in the presidency of the Marine National Bank, continuing in the position to the present time, devoting himself exclusively to banking business. He was mayor in 1870, elected on a citizens' ticket, and is president of the Eastern Steamboat Company and interested in other corporations. Mr. Bailey has ever been one of Bath's solid citizens and of the highest integrity.

From:
History of Bath and Environs,
Sagadahoc County, Maine.
1607-1894
BY: Parker McCobb Reed
Lakeside Press, Printers
Portland, Maine, 1894


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