Archives of Maryland
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Josiah Bayly (1769-1846)
MSA SC 3520-1501


Born in Somerset County, October 31, 1769.  Married (1) Leah Lockerman (d. February 4, 1805), April 26, 1796; at least one child: William Esma Bayly; (2) Anne Hack Waters Robinson; approximately four children: Josiah Bayly, Jr. (born May 1811), Alexander Hamilton Bayly (b. March 3, 1814, d. March 14, 1892), James F. V. Bayly (baptized November 26, 1817), Ann E. A. Bayly (baptized October 7, 1818).  Died in Cambridge, August 15, 1846.  Buried in Christ Protestant Episcopal Church Cemetery, Cambridge, Dorchester County.

Member, House of Delegates, Dorchester County, 1803-04. District Attorney, 4th Judicial District, 1818. Attorney General, 1831-46. Prior to his appointment as Attorney General, Bayly worked as a deputy for Roger B. Taney. In 1824, he was an unsuccessful candidate for presidential elector. Nearly seventy-seven years old at the time of his death, Bayly "was perhaps the oldest member of the bar in this Sate" and "enjoyed a very high reputation at the bar where he practiced, and shared ver largerly in esteem and confidence of his fellow citizens."1


1. "Death of Josiah Bailey, Esq." The Kent News, 22 August 1846.

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