Benjamin Franklin Bailey (1864-1914)

Source: Men of West Virginia (Vol I, pages 204-205)
Biographical Publishing Company, Chicago IL 1903
Author: George Richmond

photo - Benjamin Franklin BaileyBENJAMIN FRANKLIN BAILEY, one of the prominent and substantial citizens of Grafton, Taylor County, West Virginia, identified with all the leading enterprises of the city, was born in Taylor County, West Virginia, November 10, 1864. He is one of the six surviving children of Silas P. and Almira (Kelley) Bailey.

The early education of Mr. Bailey was obtained in the common schools of Taylor County, and it was supplemented by attendance at Adrian College, Michigan. Later he graduated with honors from the law department of the University of West Virginia in the class of 1891 with the degree of LL. B., and in the same year was admitted to the bar. Mr. Bailey has carried on a very successful practice at Grafton, and is well known all over Taylor County. He has always taken an active part in politics and is a leading member of the Republican party in his section. For eight years he served as chairman of the Republican County Committee and also for the same length of time was a member of the executive committee. Mr. Bailey has also been a useful member of the City Council and has advocated many of the improvements, which have placed Grafton on an equal footing with cities of greater population. In 1900 he was elected prosecuting attorney of Taylor County and still continues in office. Mr. Bailey has many very important business interests, is a stockholder and member of the board of directors of the Crystal Ice Company ; a stockholder and member of the board of directors of the Grafton Building & Loan Association: a member of the board of directors of the Grafton Machine & Foundry Company, and of the Consolidated Telephone Company and a number of less important organizations.

In 1892 Mr. Bailey was united in marriage with Sarah E. Faris, who was born in Harrison County, West Virginia, and is a daughter of George T. and Mary Ann (Sheets) Faris. A family of four children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Bailey, the two survivors being Arline B. and George Silas. Mrs. Bailey is a devout member of the Baptist Church. Fraternally Mr. Bailey is associated with several secret organizations, the Modern Woodmen of America; the Elks, in which he is exalted ruler: and the Knights of Pythias. He is one of the representative men of Taylor County, where he is held in high esteem for his legal ability, business qualifications and personal attributes.

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