Biography of John N. Bailey
Allen County, OH Biographies

JOHN N. BAILEY, lawyer, Spencerville, was born in Auglaize County, Ohio, September 3, 1839; eldest son of Christopher and Nancy (Noble) Bailey, natives of Virginia and Ohio, respectively, early settlers of Auglaize County, and who are still living on the old homestead. Our subject was raised on a farm and received a common school education. He was married, February 11, 1861 to Minerva Baher, who died in 1876, leaving to his care seven children: Mary A., Minnie M., Alice M., Emma J., Charles F., Lillian and Arthur N. His second marriage, which occurred November 20, 1879, was with Hannah Caidwell, of Darke County, Ohio. Early in life Mr. Bailey learned the carpenter's trade, at which be worked as contractor, building railroad bridges, etc., till 1880. He read law more or less till that year, and then entered the law school at Cincinnati, Ohio, graduating in June, 1882, and immediately commenced practice at Spencerville. Although young in the profession, his success is such as usually attends years of hard labor. In addition to his practice Mr. Bailey owns a farm in Amanda Township, this county, consisting of 216 acres of land, and also other property in Spencer Township. His property is the result of his own efforts, and he is virtually a self made man. He is master of Arcadia Lodge, No. 306, F. & A. M. He has been a consistent member of the Methodist Episcopal Church for nearly twenty three years. Our subject is a stanch Republican, although not an office seeker. In the performance of his professional and business transactions he bears the reputation of being an honorable and upright man.

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