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James B. Bailey Letter Copybook

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: 003-MS 161

Scope and Contents

Letters concern the plate iron manufacturing industry and cover financing, manufacturing, shipping, mill building, labor issues, and stock performance.  Bailey's correspondents were primarily manufacturers, suppliers, customers, other managers and bankers, mostly in Pennsylvania, but also in New York City.  Toward the end of 1901, a number of letters mention the formation of a new company (i.e. U.S. Steel) which would be taking control of a number of plants, including Central Iron and Steel.  1 v. (350 p.) ; 31 cm.


  • 1901 July 11-1911 Nov. 11


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Biographical or Historical Information

James B. Bailey was the General Manager and Treasurer of the Central Iron and Steel Company in Harrisburg, Pa., and the President of Pine Forge Iron Works in Pine Forge, Berks County, Pa., from 1902 to 1912.  He was born in Pottstown, Pa., on July 5th, 1869, the third son of Charles Lukens Bailey, a prominent iron nail manufacturer and Harrisburg banker.  As a youth, Bailey attended private academies, graduating from the Hill School in 1886.  Later the same year, he entered Yale College, graduating in 1889.  After leaving Yale, he began to work for his father in the iron business.  In 1899, he became President of his father's company.  Before the age of forty, Bailey was the general manager of a steel company, the president of an iron company, and a director of a manufacturing firm.  In his later years, he became an investor, working in Philadelphia.

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Manuscript and typed letter copybook.

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