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Charles Olin BAILEY

Woodlawn - Sioux Falls Cemetery
Minnehaha County,
South Dakota

2 July 1860 - 20 Dec 1928


BAILEY, CHARLES O., was born at Freeport, Illinois, July 2, 1860. He was a son of the late Judge J.M. Bailey of Freeport, who was a circuit judge in Illinois for one year, 10 years a judge of the appellant court, and during the last eight years of his life was a judge of the Supreme Court of that state, and during a portion of the time was its chief justice. Charles O. during his youth attended the city schools, and at the age of 20 was graduated from the University of Rochester, New York. He then entered the law department of the Northwestern Railroad Company at Chicago, where he remained until admitted to the bar in the spring of 1883. He was admitted to the bar in Iowa and Nebraska the same year. He commenced the practice of law in 1883 at Eagle Grove, Iowa and remained there until the fall of 1886. While at that place he held at the office of Mayor for one year and during all the time he resided there was division attorney for the Northwestern Railroad. Upon leaving Eagle Grove he went to Chicago and remained there six months, and came to Sioux Falls in April, 1887, where he opened a law office and in August following formed a co-partnership with H.T. Root. In February, 1888, this partnership was dissolved and he was alone until January, 1889, when he associated with him W. H. Stoddard and W.H. Wilson under the firm name of Bailey, Stoddard and Wilson. This partnership existed until May, 1890, when Mr. Wilson retired from the firm and Bailey and Stoddard continued the practice together until January, 1892, at which time the firm of Bailey & Voorhees was established. In July, 1895, Judge Aikens became a member of the firm, under the name of Aikens, Bailey & Voorhees which firm existed until the withdrawal of Judge Aikens October 25, 1897. Mr. Bailey has been at the attorney of the Illinois Central at Sioux Falls since the road was built into the city. He has also been the attorney for R.G. Dunn & Co. Commercial Agency, since 1887, and for the Western Union and Telegraph Company, since 1890. He was elected district attorney of Minnehaha County in 1888, by the Democratic Party, and held that office until the 21st day of August, 1890. In 1893 he was admitted to practice in the United States Supreme Court. He has one of the most extensive law libraries in the Northwest, and is recognized as one of the most studious and well-read lawyers in the state. Since coming to Sioux Falls the firm with which he has been associated have asked but a few favors of their opponents or the court, and this in a great measure is owing to the careful preparation made by him in all the cases in which they have been employed. The foregoing brief outline of Mr. Bailey’s professional career is sufficient without comment to establish his standing at the bar, and it only remains to be added that he is at peace with his brother lawyers and is a respected citizen.

History of Minnehaha County South Dakota
D.R. Bailey 1899, page 435 - 435

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Submitted: 11/11/09 • Approved: 12/7/15 • Last Updated: 12/10/15 • R30039-G0-S3

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