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Bailey, Warren Worth (1855-1928)
Warren Worth Bailey Papers
Public Policy Papers
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1881-1934 (mostly 1890-1928)
25 boxes
Storage Note:
  • Mudd Manuscript Library (scamudd): Box 1-25


Warren Worth Bailey was the editor of the Johnstown, Pennsylvania newspaper The Daily Democrat from 1893 until his death in 1928 and also served as a Democratic member of the House of Representatives from 1913-1917.

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of Bailey's correspondence with various political figures, family, and friends as well as materials, including clippings, about his election campaigns, the Bailey Bill for the extension of free mail service (1913-1914), a war tax, and the issue of military preparedness. Condolences are also included that were sent to his widow after his death in 1928.

Collection Creator Biography:


Warren Worth Bailey was born in New Winchester, Indiana on January 8, 1855. He moved to Illinois with his parents in 1863 and then worked as a telegrapher. In 1875, he joined the Kansas (Ill.) News and learned the printing trade. He purchased the Vincennes News in 1877 and later moved to Chicago in 1887 and was a staff member of the Daily News and later of the Evening Mail. His published the Johnstown, Pennsylvania newspaper The Daily Democrat starting in 1893 that was devoted to the single-tax principle. While unsuccessful in his run as a Democratic candidate in 1906 for Congress, he was a delegate to the Democratic National Convention at Baltimore in 1912 and was elected to the sixty-third and sixty-fourth Congresses. He served as a Democrat in the House of Representatives from 1913-1917. He was unsuccessful when he ran for reelection in 1916 and again in 1920, 1922, and 1926. As a result, Bailey resumed journalism in Johnstown. He died on November 9, 1928

Collection History


The Warren Worth Bailey Papers were deposited at Princeton University by the Bailey family in 1948.

Two photographs and a postcard found in the Mudd Library were added to the collection in 2016. The accession number associated with this material is ML.1000.009.

Folder of speeches found in the Mudd Library were added to the collection in 2019. The accession number associated with these materials is ML.2019.015.


No information about appraisal is available for this collection.

Processing Information

Collection was processed and finding aid updated by Kelli Yakabu in June 2019. Unrelated publications and books separated from collection.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Single copies may be made for research purposes. To cite or publish quotations that fall within Fair Use, as defined under U. S. Copyright Law, no permission is required. For instances beyond Fair Use, it is the responsibility of the researcher to determine whether any permissions related to copyright, privacy, publicity, or any other rights are necessary for their intended use of the Library's materials, and to obtain all required permissions from any existing rights holders, if they have not already done so. Princeton University Library's Special Collections does not charge any permission or use fees for the publication of images of materials from our collections, nor does it require researchers to obtain its permission for said use. The department does request that its collections be properly cited and images credited. More detailed information can be found on the Copyright, Credit and Citations Guidelines page on our website. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us through the Ask Us! form.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

For preservation reasons, original analog and digital media may not be read or played back in the reading room. Users may visually inspect physical media but may not remove it from its enclosure. All analog audiovisual media must be digitized to preservation-quality standards prior to use. Audiovisual digitization requests are processed by an approved third-party vendor. Please note, the transfer time required can be as little as several weeks to as long as several months and there may be financial costs associated with the process. Requests should be directed through the Ask Us Form.

Credit this material:

Warren Worth Bailey Papers; Public Policy Papers, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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Seeley G. Mudd Manuscript Library
65 Olden Street
Princeton, NJ 08540, USA
(609) 258-6345
Storage Note:
  • Mudd Manuscript Library (scamudd): Box 1-25