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BAILEY, James Montgomery, author, born in Albany, New York, 25 September 1841. He received a comon-school education and became a carpenter. In 1860 he removed to Danbury, Connecticut, where he worked at his trade for two years, occasionally contributing to the newspapers, and then enlisted in the 17th Connecticut regiment, with which he served until the end of the war. After his return he purchased, in 1865, the Danbury "Times," which he afterward consolidated with the "Jeffersonian," acquired in 1870, under the name of the Danbury "News." For this paper he wrote short, humorous articles, generally descriptive of every-day mishaps, which were reprinted in other journals throughout the country. In 1873 a demand for his paper was found outside of Danbury, and its circulation rose to 30,000 copies. His first printed book was "Life in Danbury " (Boston, 1873), a collection of articles from his newspaper. The same year he published "The Danbury News Man's Almanac." In 1874 he visited Europe for his health, and after his return delivered a lecture which was published in a volume in 1878, with the title "England from a Back Window." He published in 1877 "They All do it," in 1879 "Mr. Phillips's Goneness," and in 1880 "The Danbury Boom."
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