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BAILEY, Ebenezer, educator, born in West New-bury, Massachusetts, 25 June 1795; died in Lynn, Massachusetts, 5 August 1839. He was graduated at Yale in 1817, after which he taught school, and also entered his name as a law student. Afterward he became a tutor in Virginia, but in 1819 returned to Newburyport, and there opened a private school for young ladies. In 1823 he was appointed master of the Franklin grammar school, and in 1825 teacher of the Boston high school for girls. This school proved unsuccessful, and Josiah Quincy, then mayor, pronounced it an entire failure. Mr. Bailey at once replied with vigor in a " Review of the Mayor's Report upon the High School for Girls" (Boston, 1828). Subsequently he had charge of the young ladies' high school, and in 1830 was active in the establishment of the American Institute of Education, afterward filling various offices in that body. In 1838 he established a boys' school at Roxbury, which, in 1839, was moved to Lynn. Mr. Bailey was the successful competitor fox: the prize ode delivered at the Boston theatre in commemoration of Washington's death. Afterward he was on several occasions poet at the ¢ B K anniversaries of Harvard. Mr. Bailey was at various times a member of the city council of Boston. director of the home of reform, president of the Boston lyceum, and director of the Boston mechanics' institute. He was a frequent contributor to the Boston "Courier" and other periodicals, and edited " The Young Ladies' Class-Book" (Boston, 1831); "Blakewell's Philosophical Conversations" (1832) ; and " First Lessons on Algebra" (1833).
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