Bio: Bailey, W. F. (1881) 


Surnames: Bailey, Barnes, Cole

----Source: History of Northern Wisconsin (Eau Claire County, Wis.) 1881, page 314

W. F. BAILEY, lawyer, was born at Carmel, Putnam Co., N. Y., in 1842. After receiving his education, he enlisted, in 1861, in the 38th N. Y. Vols., Co. I; in 1862, was appointed captain of Co. K, 95th Regt; was engaged in both battles of Bull Run, and other battles; was wounded and discharged, on Surg. Gen. Barnes's certificate. Was admitted to the Bar in 1863, in Brooklyn; practiced in Amenia, N. Y., till 1867, when he came to Eau Claire, and practiced with Mr. Latimer for a time. Mr. Bailey is a man of great energy and pertinacity of purpose; has been one of the prominent men of Eau Claire from the first; was President of the village, four years, District Attorney, two years, 1874 and 1875, Mayor in 1878, and is now president of the French Lumber Co. at Chippewa Falls, one of the two principal mills there. Was married to Mercy Cole, of Carmel, N. V., in 1864. They have no children. Mr. Bailey's father practiced law in New York City twenty-five years. Was attorney for the Harlem Railroad Co. many years. His only brother, Elbert, is manager for the Harlem Railroad, at Mt. Kisco, N. Y.



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