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Theodorus Bailey


In office
March 4, 1803 – January 16, 1804
Preceded by Gouverneur Morris
Succeeded by John Armstrong, Jr.

Born October 12, 1758
Fishkill, New York, USA
Died September 6, 1828 (aged 69)
New York, New York, USA
Political party Anti-Administration,
Democratic-Republican

Theodorus Bailey (October 12, 1758 – September 6, 1828) was an American lawyer and politician from Poughkeepsie, New York. He represented New York in both the U.S. House and Senate. Served in the New York Militia during the American Revolution and postwar in the State Militia 1786-1805.

Bailey was born near Fishkill, New York on October 12, 1758 where he attended the rural schools and studied law. He was admitted to the bar in 1778 and commenced practice in Poughkeepsie, New York. He served with the New York Militia during the Revolutionary War. He also served in the State militia from 1786 until 1805 and attained the rank of Brigadier General

Bailey was first elected to the 3rd United States Congress as an Anti-Administration, and to the 4th United States Congress as a Democratic-Republican serving from March 4, 1793, to March 3, 1797. He was elected to the 6th United States Congress serving from March 4, 1799, to March 3, 1801. In April 1801, he was elected to the New York State Assembly, but vacated his seat before the State Legislature convened, because he was elected to the 7th United States Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Thomas Tillotson, and served from December 7, 1801, to March 3, 1803.

In 1803, Bailey was elected a U.S. Senator from New York, and served from March 4, 1803, to January 16, 1804, when he resigned to accept the position of Postmaster of New York City, which he held until his death on September 6, 1828. He was interred in the Dutch Burying Ground and reinterred in the Rural Cemetery, Poughkeepsie, New York on January 8, 1864.

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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Peter Silvester
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 5th congressional district

1793 - 1797
Succeeded by
David Brooks
Preceded by
David Brooks
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 5th congressional district

1799 - 1801
Succeeded by
Thomas Tillotson
Preceded by
Thomas Tillotson
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 5th congressional district

1801 - 1803
Succeeded by
Andrew McCord
United States Senate
Preceded by
Gouverneur Morris
United States Senator (Class 1) from New York
1803 - 1804
Served alongside: DeWitt Clinton, John Armstrong, Jr.
Succeeded by
John Armstrong, Jr.
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