POLITICAL PARTY Democrat
WHICH CONGRESS SERVED 43rd (1873-1875), 49th (1885-1887)
Delegate John HAILEY Biography
HAILEY, John, a Delegate from the Territory of Idaho; born in Smith County, Tenn., August 29, 1835; attended the common schools; moved in 1848 to Missouri with his parents, who settled in Dade County; crossed the plains to Oregon in 1853; enlisted as a private on the outbreak of the Rogue River Indian War in 1855 and subsequently promoted to lieutenant; moved to Idaho in 1862; engaged in agricultural pursuits, stock raising, and mining; elected as a Democrat to the Forty-third Congress (March 4, 1873-March 3, 1875); declined to be a candidate for renomination in 1874; member of the Territorial council of Idaho in 1880 and served as its president; elected to the Forty-ninth Congress (March 4, 1885-March 3, 1887); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1886 to the Fiftieth Congress; appointed warden of the Idaho Penitentiary in 1899; died in Boise, Idaho, April 10, 1921; interment in the Masonic Cemetery. View Record in the Biographical Directory of the U.S. Congress
External Research Collections
Idaho State Historical Society Boise, ID Papers: 1863-1918, 6 items. Includes correspondence between John Hailey and others and a speech Hailey gave at an annual Old Settlers’ meeting in Franklin, Idaho. Papers: 1869-1913, 0.5 linear feet. The collection consists of Hailey’s correspondence, as well as deeds, account books, newspaper clippings and receipts. Papers: n.d., 5 items. Includes reminiscences of John Hailey. Papers: In the C. W. Moore papers, 1879-1882, 1 volume. An account book that includes accounts for the Hailey and Moore sheep business. Papers: In the Robert E. Strahorn papers, 1883, 1 item. A letter from Robert E. Strahorn to Hailey regarding the development of a desert land claim at Hailey, Idaho. Papers: In the John F. White papers, 1915, 2 items. Includes a letter from Ruth Cochran to Hailey concerning John White’s reminiscence of the riot in Boise City, Idaho, during Abraham Lincoln’s presidential election in 1864. Yale University Western Americana Collection, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library New Haven, CT Papers: In the Frederick T. Dubois autobiography, n.d., 163 pages. Subjects in this typescript of Frederick Dubois’s autobiography include John Hailey.
John HAILEY Committee Assignments
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