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From that day to this he has been inspired by it. Mr. Bailey was personally acquainted with Henry George, and later with such men as he drew to him, including Dr. Edward McGlynn, the famous Catholic divine; Thomas G. Shearman, the eminent lawyer and statistician; William Lloyd Garrison, son of the Great liberator; Jerry Simpson, of Kansas; John DeWitt Warner, of New York, and a score of others who have made their names known as advocates of the right of every man to free access to natural opportunities.
    It goes without saying that the subject is a stanch Democrat. He was never a candidate for office but once, when scarcely of age, at Kansas, Illinois, he was nominated for village clerk on the Citizens' ticket, but removed from the place prior to the election. He was on the Bryan electoral ticket in 1900, and during the campaign that year was connected with the Democratic National committee, at Chicago, as assistant to Willis J. Abbot, manager of the Press Bureau, writing, much of the matter sent out by that bureau, and conducting a symposium through twenty-five prominent papers on behalf of the Democratic National committee, with Murat Halstead, on behalf of the Republican National committee.
    At one time Mr. Bailey was a member of the Christian church, but of more recent years has had no direct relation with the church. The only fraternal society to which he belongs is the Brotherhood of Elks. For five years he was president of the Chicago Single Tax Club. He is at this time a member of the Henry George Lecture Association and one of its advisory committee. He has been a member of the Chicago Press Club since 1888. Is the president of the Economic Circle of Johnstown.
    Mr. Bailey was married, at Chicago, Illinois, Sunday, August 12, 1894, by Rev. W. F. Black, to Georgiana, daughter of Theodore and Mary E. Coffin, who formerly resided at Indianapolis, Indiana. To Mr. and Mrs. Bailer two children are born: Marion Louise, born in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, December 17, 1897; Warren Worth, born at the same place, January 29, 1901.

    EDWARD HOMER BAILEY, one of the proprietors of the Johnstown Democrat, was born near New Winchester, Hendricks county, Indiana, February 1, 1858, the son of Elisha and Elizabeth (Faught) Bailey.
    Mr. Bailey's regular school days were limited to less than four years at the common schools of Kansas, Edgar county, Illinois, from 1869 to 1873. December 15, 1873, he entered the office of the Kansas News as a printer's apprentice, serving three years--the first year at one dollar per week; the second year, two dollars per week, and the third, three dollars. At the close of his apprenticeship he went to Terre Haute, Indiana, where he was employed on the Express for a short time, then owned by Major 0. J. Smith, now noted as the president of the American Press Association, New York. Later he served as a compositor in the Indianapolis Sentinel office, and the Cincinnati Commercial, being set to work at the latter office be Murat Halstead, to whom he appealed, after failing to secure recognition from the foreman. He also served as a compositor on the Chicago Times, securing employment, under direction of the proprietor, Wilbur F. Story, after the foreman refused to recognize him. March, 1877, he went to Carlisle, Indiana, where he secured the foremanship of the Register, a small weekly. William Herron, father of the now famous George D. Herron, D. D., gave the entire plant to Mr. Bailey for two weeks' back pay. The name of the paper was changed to the Carlisle Democrat, and Mr. Bailey took his brother, W. W. Bailey,

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