Party affiliation: Democrat
Member James Battalion, Civil War. Entered mercantile business on own account, at Clinton, 1865, and in 1870, started milling business. Founder, 1886, Bailey’s Bank of Clinton, later M. S. Bailey & Son, bankers, of which became president.
Founder and president Clinton Cotton Mills, and Lydia Cotton Mills. Trustee Thornwell Orphanage, Clinton.