BAILEY, Josiah William, (1873 - 1946)

Senate Years of Service: 1931-1946
Party: Democrat

Library of Congress

BAILEY, Josiah William, a Senator from North Carolina; born in Warrenton, Warren County, N.C., September 14, 1873; moved with his parents to Raleigh, N.C., in 1877; attended the public schools and Raleigh Male Academy; graduated from Wake Forest College in 1893; editor of the Biblical Recorder 1893-1907; member of the State board of agriculture 1896-1900; studied law; admitted to the bar in 1908 and commenced practice in Raleigh, N.C.; United States collector of internal revenue for North Carolina 1913-1921; member of the North Carolina Constitutional Commission in 1915; trustee of the University of North Carolina 1930; elected as a Democrat to the United States Senate in 1930; reelected in 1936 and again in 1942, and served from March 4, 1931, until his death in Raleigh on December 15, 1946; chairman, Committee on Claims (Seventy-third through Seventy-fifth Congresses), Committee on Commerce (Seventy-sixth through Seventy-ninth Congresses); interment in Oakwood Cemetery.


American National Biography; Dictionary of American Biography; Marcello, Ronald. “Senator Josiah Bailey, Harry Hopkins, and the WPA: A Prelude to the Conservative Coalition.” Southern Studies 22 (Winter 1983): 321-29; Moore, John R. Senator Josiah William Bailey of North Carolina: A Political Biography. Durham: Duke University Press, 1968.