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Warren Worth Bailey (January 8, 1855 – November 9, 1928) was a Democratic member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Pennsylvania and a Georgist publisher.[1][2] He and other Georgists led in framing the U.S. income tax law of 1916, which exempted most labor income and targeted land rent.[3][4]

Warren Worth Bailey
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Pennsylvania's 19th district
In office
March 4, 1913 – March 3, 1917
Preceded byJesse Lee Hartman
Succeeded byJohn Marshall Rose
Personal details
Born(1855-01-08)January 8, 1855
New Winchester, Indiana
DiedNovember 9, 1928(1928-11-09) (aged 73)
Political partyDemocratic

Early lifeEdit

Warren W. Bailey was born in New Winchester, Indiana. He moved to Illinois with his parents in 1863 and settled in Edgar County, Illinois. He attended the country schools, and worked as a telegrapher until 1875.

Newspaper workEdit

He joined the Kansas News in Kansas, Illinois, and learned the printing trade. He was engaged in the publishing business with his brother at Carlisle, Indiana, in 1877. Subsequently, they purchased the Vincennes News, which they published until 1887. He moved to Chicago in 1887 and became a member of the staff of the Chicago Daily News and later of the Evening Mail. He moved to Johnstown, Pennsylvania, in 1893 and published the Jonestown Democrat, devoted to the single-tax principle.

Political lifeEdit

Bailey was an unsuccessful Democratic candidate for election in 1906. He was a delegate at large to the 1912 Democratic National Convention at Baltimore. He was elected as a Democrat to the Sixty-third and Sixty-fourth Congresses. He was chairman of the United States House Committee on Mileage during the Sixty-third Congress, and of the United States House Committee on Expenditures in the Department of Justice during the Sixty-fourth Congress. He was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1916 and for election in 1920, 1922, and 1926. He unsuccessfully contested the election of Anderson Howell Walters to the Sixty-ninth Congress. He resumed journalism in Johnstown, where he died in 1928. Interment in Grandview Cemetery, Johnstown.


  1. ^ Miller, Joseph Dana (1902). Land and Freedom: An International Record of Single Tax Progress, Volume 2. Single Tax Publishing Company. pp. 40–41.
  2. ^ "A Remembrance of Warren Worth Bailey". Reprinted from Land and Freedom, November–December, 1928.
  3. ^ Gaffney, Mason. "Georgists and Chicago's Growth, 1890-1930". GroundSwell, May–June, 2006.
  4. ^ Gaffney, Mason. "New Life in Old Cities: Georgist Policies and Population Growth in New York City, San Francisco, Chicago, Cleveland, Toledo, Detroit, Milwaukee, Pittsburgh, and Other Cities, 1890-1930". Emended 10-22-2006.


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