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.
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