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"Biographical Sketch of Joshua Longstreth Baily"

Identifier: HC.MC-975-07-007

Scope and Content note

This collection is comprised of the single volume typed manuscript biography of Joshua Longstreth Baily, written by Alfred Baily. The volume includes a brief history of the Baily family, and is largely composed of extracts of Joshua Baily's letters.


  • 1955

Use Restrictions

Standard Federal Copyright Law Applies (U.S. Title 17).

Biographical note

Albert Lang Baily (1890-1974) was born on July 12, 1890 in Pennsylvania, the son of Albert Lang Baily Sr. and Eliza Montell Lycett. He graduated from Haverford College in 1912. In 1914, he married Helen Morton Smedley. He was a teacher at Westtown School, a Quaker boarding school, from 1921 to 1955. During the Great Depression, Baily and his wife operated a student work camp in Maine, and during World War II, the Bailys opened their home to conscientious objectors. Albert Lang Baily died in November, 1974 in Westtown, Pa.

Joshua Longstreth Baily (1826-1916) was a Quaker merchant in the dry goods business. He attended all the American Yearly Meetings between 1845 and 1855. He contributed generously to African American causes, was interested in peace issues, worked diligently toward temperance, establishing temperance coffeehouses in Philadelphia. He was also the vice President of the National Temperance Society. He was treasurer of the Mohonk Arbitration Conference, president of the American Bible Society, and was affiliated with the Pennsylvania Prison Society for 66 years, and was the organization’s president at the time of his death. He was an author on topics related to Bible study and temperance.

Baily married Theodate Lang in 1856. The couple had 5 children:

Frederick Lang Baily, b. 1858 Albert Lang Baily, b. 1859 William Lloyd Baily, b. 1861 Charles Winter Baily, b. 1866 Henry Paul Baily, b. 1868


0.125 Linear Feet




The "Biographical Sketch of Joshua Longstreth Baily" by Albert Baily was donated to Special Collections, Haverford College, in 1955 by Albert Baily.

Related Materials

  • MC 1032 Joshua L. Baily papers
  • MC 975.01.006 Joshua L. Baily and Theodate L. Baily diaries
  • MC 975.03.005 Joshua L. Baily commonplace book

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Processed by Kara Flynn; completed September 2015.
"Biographical Sketch of Joshua Longstreth Baily," undated
Kara Flynn
September 2015
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