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Joseph Mead Bailey (June 22, 1833 – October 17, 1895) was an American jurist and politician. Born in Middlebury, New York, Bailey received his bachelor's degree from University of Rochester in 1854. Bailey studied law and was admitted to the New York bar in 1856. Bailey moved to Freeport, Illinois where he practiced law. From 1867 to 1871, Bailey served in the Illinois House of Representatives and was a Republican. In 1877, Bailey was elected Illinois circuit court and, then in 1888, was appointed to the Illinois Appellate Court. From 1888 until his death in 1895, Bailey served on the Illinois Supreme Court and was the chief justice of the court. Bailey died in his home in Freeport, Illinois after a long illness.'Judge Bailey Dead,' Princeton Bureau County Tribune, October 25, 1895]

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