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Willis J. Bailey

Born: Oct 12, 1854

Death: May 19, 1932

Birthplace: Carroll County

Nationality: United States

Willis J. Bailey

Date of Birth : Oct 12, 1854
Date of Death : May 19, 1932
Birth Place : Carroll County

Willis Joshua Bailey was a Republican United States Representative from Kansas and the 16th Governor of Kansas. Born in Carroll County, Illinois, Bailey attended the common schools, Mount Carroll High School, and the University of Illinois at Urbana. He married Ida B. Weede on June 9, 1903 and had two stepchildren. Bailey moved to Nemaha County, Kansas, in 1879, and became a successful farmer, rancher, and banker. He and his father founded the town of Baileyville, Kansas in 1880. He served as member of the Kansas House of Representatives from 1888 to 1890. He was president of the Republican State League in 1893. He served as member of the Kansas State Board of Agriculture from 1895 to 1899. Bailey was elected as a Republican to the Fifty-sixth Congress. He was not a candidate for renomination in 1900 to the Fifty-seventh Congress. In 1902 Bailey won the Republican gubernatorial nomination and the general election and served as Governor of Kansas from 1903 to 1905. During his tenure, construction on the state capitol was completed, railroad commissioners and the office of state printer became elective positions, and a law banning gambling devices was sanctioned.


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