William Baylies

William Baylies (September 15, 1776 – September 27, 1865) was a U.S. Representative from Massachusetts, and brother of congressman Francis Baylies. His great-grandfather was Thomas Baylies, an ironmaster from Coalbrookdale, England, who emigrated to Boston in 1737.

William Baylies
Member of the
U.S. House of Representatives
from Massachusetts
In office
March 4, 1809 – June 28, 1809
March 4, 1813 – March 3, 1817
March 4, 1833 – March 3, 1835
Preceded byJoseph Barker (7th)
Charles Turner, Jr. (7th)
John Reed Jr. (8th)
Henry A. S. Dearborn (10th)
Succeeded byCharles Turner, Jr. (7th)
John W. Hulbert (7th)
Zabdiel Sampson (8th)
Nathaniel B. Borden (10th)
Constituency7th district (1813–15)
8th district (1815–17)
10th district (1833–35)
Member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives
In office
Member of the Massachusetts Senate
In office
Personal details
BornSeptember 15, 1776
Dighton, Massachusetts
DiedSeptember 27, 1865(1865-09-27) (aged 89)
Taunton, Massachusetts
Resting placeDighton Town Cemetery
Dighton, Massachusetts
Political partyFederalist
Jackson Federalist
National Republican
RelationsFrancis Baylies
Alma materBrown University

Baylies was born in Dighton, Massachusetts, in 1776, the son of Dr. William Baylies (1743–1826).[1] He graduated from Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island, in 1795 where he studied law. He was admitted to the bar and commenced practice in Bridgewater (west parish) in 1799 and served as member of the State house of representatives in 1808, 1809, 1812, 1813, 1820, and 1821 and in the State Senate in 1825, 1826, 1830, and 1831.

He was elected a member of the American Antiquarian Society in 1814.[2]

Baylies was credentialed and seated in the 11th Congress, but the election was contested by his opponent Charles Turner Jr.. Turner had won a majority of the ballots in the November 1808 election, but the Governor ruled that no one had received a majority because nearly 20% of Turner's votes had been cast for "Charles Turner" and the rest for "Charles Turner, Jr." The Governor called for a special election that Baylies won and he took the seat. But Turner successfully argued that the votes that omitted "Jr." were clearly intended for him. The special election was deemed void and on June 28th Baylies was deemed unentitled to the seat. [3]

Baylies was then elected as a Federalist to the Thirteenth and Fourteenth Congresses (March 4, 1813 – March 3, 1817). He was elected as an Anti-Jacksonian to the Twenty-third Congress (March 4, 1833 – March 3, 1835).

He died in Taunton, Massachusetts, on September 27, 1865. Interment was in Dighton Town Cemetery, Dighton, Massachusetts.


  1. ^ History of Bristol County, Massachusetts, J. W. Lewis & Co., 1883
  2. ^ American Antiquarian Society Members Directory
  3. ^ Hind's Precedents (PDF). 875. Retrieved 9 April 2021.

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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Massachusetts's 7th congressional district

March 4, 1813 – March 3, 1815
Succeeded by
Preceded by Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Massachusetts's 8th congressional district

March 4, 1815 – March 3, 1817
Succeeded by
Preceded by Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Massachusetts's 10th congressional district

March 4, 1833 - March 3, 1835
Succeeded by
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Massachusetts House of Representatives
Succeeded by
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Massachusetts State Senate
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