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Dana Reed BAILEY

Woodlawn - Sioux Falls Cemetery
Minnehaha County,
South Dakota

1833- 1908
Section Rose Hill


BAILEY, DANA REED, was born in Montgomery, Vermont, April 27, 1833; was reared on a farm, educated in the district schools, Bakersfield Academy, Leland Seminary, and Oberlin College, Ohio, where he took a two years course; taught district schools three terms, select school six months, and the Beekman school at Saratoga Springs, New York, one year; commenced the study of law in June, 1856; entered the law office of the late Chief Justice Royce of Vermont in 1857, and the Albany Law School at Albany, New York, 1858, and was graduated in April, 1859. Commenced the practice of law in May of the same year at Underhill, Vermont, removed to Highgate, Vermont in February, 1860, and practiced law there until September 1, 1864. While at Highgate was town agent for two years, and trustee of the United States surplus fund two years; was deputy collector of the United States customs, having charge of the office there three years and three months, and in 1863, was appointed secret aid of the United States Treasury, and held his appointment three years. September 1, 1864, opened a law office at St. Albans, Vermont; entered into a co-partnership with Park Davis, February 3, 1865, and a year later H.C. Adams was added to the firm. Was delegate to the Republican National Convention in 1868, and was a member of the State Central Committee two years; was elected to the office of state attorney of Franklin County, two years, and to the state Senate in 1870, and reelected in 1872; was a chairman of the judiciary committee, and was appointed chairman of a committee of five, by joint resolution of the legislature, to investigate the Vermont Central Railroad, which investigation was not concluded until July, 1873. Was one of the school directors in St. Albans two years. In 1871, laid out and was the proper tear of the village of Baldwin, in St. Croix County, Wisconsin; built the Matchless Flouring Mills at that place, and was the owner of three sawmills, and half owner of two elevators, and for 10 years was engaged in manufacturing flour and lumber, merchandising and farming, and for several years had a large herd of Shorthorns, which in 1877, sold in Chicago for the highest average price of any herd in the United States that year. Moved to Baldwin in 1874; was president of the village three years, treasurer one year, and director of the village schools seven years. In 1877, was nominated for the State Senate by acclamation by the Republican convention of the Twenty forth Senatorial District of Wisconsin, comprising seven counties, and received all the votes cast in the county where he resided, except 57 out of a total boat of 3131, the Republican nominee for the Assembly having only 99 majority in a county; was chairman of the judiciary committee of the Senate in 1879. In 1880, was elected one of the county commissioners of St. Croix County, was reelected in 1881, and again in 1882; resigned the chairmanship of the county board December 19, and arrived in Sioux Falls December 21, 1882, and had charge of the Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company’s business and South Dakota until March, 1884. On the 11th day of March of that year opened a law office in the Masonic Temple, and was the first tenant to occupy that building. In January, 1886, formed a co-partnership with Park Davis, and W.H. Lyon was added to the firm in 1888. With city attorney from 1885 to 1889; on the 21st day of August, 1890, upon the resignation of C.O. Bailey, was appointed state’s attorney for Minnehaha County, and by subsequent elections held the office until 1895, since which time he has practiced law. In territorial days was a member for two years of the Republican Central Committee, and in 1895-6 was a member of the State Agricultural Board.

History of Minnehaha County South Dakota
D.R. Bailey 1899, page 438

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