James H. Pou Bailey papers, 1901-1970
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- Bailey, James Hinton Pou, 1917-
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The James H. Pou Bailey Papers span the years 1901 to 1970 with the bulk of the papers dating from 1948 to 1965. The Law Practices: Clients Series (CLOSED), which contains papers relating to specific clients in his law practice, comprises the bulk of the collection. The papers also document Bailey's political interests and pursuit of political office, financial and legal matters pertaining to himself and family members, and his involvement in civic organizations. These concerns are documented by the Correspondence, Subject Files, Legal and Financial Papers, and Writings and Speeches Series. While the collection contains a few speeches to various organizations and civic groups, there are not as many as one might expect from a person who ran for the North Carolina State Senate three times and held the office for two terms (four years). Also, there are not many papers relating to his tenure as Judge of Superior Court from the 10th Judicial District.
The business and financial climate in North Carolina during the late 1940s to the early 1960s may be studied through the Law Practices: Clients (CLOSED) and Subject Files Series. Early efforts to promote cable television in North Carolina (1963-1964) through the Engineering Sales Corporation of Raleigh, N.C. and to encourage the use of natural gas in North Carolina (1955-1959) through the efforts of consulting engineers, Porter, Barry, & Associates of Baton Rouge, La. are delineated in this series. Both firms were legal clients of Bailey.
Of particular note are several political figures represented in the Correspondence Series, including North Carolina Senator Willis Smith and Virginia Senator Harry F. Byrd. The business, professional, and personal relationship of Bailey with United States Senator from North Carolina, Jesse Helms, is reflected in the Correspondence and Law Practices: Clients Series (CLOSED). The papers particularly concern Helms's position as administrative assistant to Senator Willis Smith and the offices Helms held in the North Carolina Bankers Association (NCBA), a Bailey client. Information about policies and laws affecting banks in North Carolina are also represented in the Law Practices: Clients Series (CLOSED). The Subject Files Series contains Bailey's Senatorial Papers (1950-1954). Included is constituent mail, information pertaining to political appointments, and his service on various committees, including his chairmanship of the Interstate and Federal Relations and Judiciary Committees.
The Subject Files and Legal and Financial Papers Series disclose some of the financial interests held by Bailey and his family. Most notable are their interest in the Andrew Johnson Hotel in Raleigh, N.C. and Bailey's interest in a 360 acre farm in Johnston County, N.C. Included is information relating to the management of both enterprises. The collection also highlights father-son relationships in the correspondence between Josiah W. Bailey and James H. Pou Bailey and between James H. Pou Bailey and his son, Jim. (Correspondence Series).
The Josiah W. Bailey (Bailey's father) Papers is a related collection in the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library.
- Biographical / historical:
Missing Title Date Event 1917, Aug. 14Born, Baltimore, MD 1940B.A., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 1941L.L.B., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and admitted to the bar 1941-1942Special Agent, Federal Bureau of Investigation 1942-1945Served in the United States Army, attaining the rank of Captain 1944-1945Served in the European theater of World War II 1945, Aug. 1Married Marie Fiquet Pate 1946Entered law practice of Bailey & Bailey in Raleigh, N.C., with his father, Josiah W. Bailey 1947Father died and Bailey began to practice law alone 1948Unsuccessful candidate for North Carolina State Senate 1950Elected to North Carolina Senate, 13th Senatorial District, Wake County 1952Reelected to the North Carolina Senate from the 13th Senatorial District, Wake County 1953-1965Served as general counsel to the North Carolina Bankers' Association 1954-1962Entered law practice of Bailey & Bason in Raleigh, N.C. 1962-1965Entered law practice of Bailey & Ragsdale in Raleigh, N.C. 1965, July 9Appointed Judge of the Superior Court, 10th Judicial District of North Carolina 1966Elected to unexpired term as judge 1968Marie F. P. Bailey died 1972, June 3Married Ann Thomas 1972Elected to full term as judge 1985, JulyRetired from the bench.
Bailey held leadership positions in a variety of civic and professional organizations, among them the American Red Cross, the Raleigh Chamber of Commerce, the Raleigh Traffic Safety Council, the North Carolina Amvets, the North Carolina Boy Scouts, and the Wake County Bar Association.
As a state senator, Bailey served as chair of the Interstate Federal Relations and Judiciary committees. Bailey has two sons, James H. Pou Bailey II and Edwin Pate Bailey.
- Acquisition information:
- The bulk of the James H. Pou Bailey Papers was given to Duke University in 1983 by Bailey. In 1977, one item was purchased for the collection. Copyright interests in these papers have not been transferred to the University.
- Processing information:
Processed by Janie C. Morris
Assisted by Denise Dolan
Completed June 5, 1991
Encoded by Alvin Pollock
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- Banks and banking -- North Carolina
Fathers and sons
Domestic relations -- North Carolina -- Cases
Farm Management -- North Carolina -- Johnston County
Hotel management -- North Carolina -- Raleigh
Gas, Natural -- North Carolina
Cable television -- North Carolina
Judicial power -- North Carolina
Intergovernmental tax relations -- North Carolina
Lawyers -- North Carolina
Intergovernmental fiscal relations -- North Carolina
Commercial law -- North Carolina
- Andrew Johnson Hotel (Raleigh, N.C.)
Porter, Barry and Associates (Baton Rouge, La.)
North Carolina. General Assembly. Senate
North Carolina Bankers Association
Engineering Sales Corporation (Raleigh, N.C.)
Smith, Willis, 1887-1953
Byrd, Harry Flood, 1887-1966
Bailey, Josiah William, 1873-1946
- North Carolina -- Economic conditions
North Carolina -- Politics and government
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