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Walter Cabot Baylies

Birthdate: (73)
Birthplace: Taunton, Bristol County, Massachusetts, United States
Death: May 3, 1936 (73)
Boston, MA, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Edmund Lincoln Baylies and Nathalie Elizabeth Baylies
Husband of Charlotte Baylies
Father of Lincoln Baylies; Charlotte Baylies; Walter Ray Baylies; George Upham Baylies; Edmund Baylies and 1 other
Brother of Edmund Lincoln Baylies, Jr.; Cornelia Prime Ray Lowell and Ruth Baylies

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About Walter Cabot Baylies

Graduated Harvard 1884


WALTER CABOT BAYLIES, a leading Boston merchant and corporation manager, was born August 13, 1862, at Taun- ton, Massachusetts. His father was Edmund Lincoln Baylies (May 18, 1829 to November 28, 1869), son of Edmund Bay- lies (September 22, 1787, to May 16, 1878) and Elizabeth Ann (Pay- son) Baylies; and married Nathalie E. Ray, daughter of Robert Ray (July 14, 1794 to March 4, 1879) and Cornelia (Prime) Ray, of New York City. His great-grandfather, General Hodijah Baylies, was on the staff of General Washington, and married Betsy, the daughter of General Benjamin Lincoln. He is a descendant of Thomas Baylies, who came to Massachusetts from England in 1737, and of John Ray, who left England soon after 1700, and settled in New York City.

Home and school were undoubtedly the strongest influences in molding his tastes, and aspirations, but his early companionship in life out-of-doors also greatly affected his future. In 1877 he entered Phillips Exeter Academy to fit for college, and in 1880 was admitted to Harvard University, from which he graduated with the A.B. degree in 1884.

At this time the railroads of the country were well launched upon their period of extraordinary development. He had taken much interest in railroading, which seemed to offer great opportunities, and in the autumn of 1884, directly after graduation, he entered the freight department of the Erie Railroad. About a year was spent at Elmira, New York. He was then transferred to the general office of the Erie Company in New York City, where he was made chief clerk, and afterwards became assistant general freight agent. The latter position he continued to hold until 1889, when he resigned and removed to Boston.

In 1891 he associated himself with the Edison Illuminating Com- pany of Boston, and was made its vice-president. About this time he became connected with numerous other corporations, including


the Boston and Lowell Railroad Company and the Taunton Copper Company.

On January 1, 1896, he became partner in the dry goods com- mission house of Amory, Browne & Company, selling agents for New England and Southern cotton-mills. The mills represented have kept in most successful operation, and their products have been widely distributed.

Though the business of Mr. Baylies as a merchant has been so important, he has not permitted it to monopolize his energies. He has been particularly interested in the electric and gas light com- panies of Boston. He has retained a leading part in the manage- ment of the Edison Electric Illuminating Company, and has been a director for fifteen years. He is also vice-president and chairman of its executive committee. He is a director in the Boston Con- solidated Gas Company; Commonwealth Trust Company; Gosnold Mills Company; New England Trust Company; Newton and Water- town Gas Light Company and president of the Boston and Lowell Railroad. He is a trustee of the Suffolk Institute for Savings in Boston; Massachusetts Gas Companies; New England Gas and Coke Company; also vice-president and director of the New England Cotton Yarn Company and the Wellman Sole Cutting Machine Com- pany. In Taunton he is a director in the Taunton-New Bedford Copper Company.

He has always kept his residence inTaunton,havinga home in Bos- ton only during the winter months. He has a fine farm in the former place, and has given much attention to its cultivation and improve- ment, finding in it his favorite diversion from business cares. He was president and director of the Bristol County Agricultural Society for several years. In politics he is identified with the Republican party.

Mr. Baylies is socially inclined, and is a member of numerous clubs in New York and Boston, being president of the Somerset Club of Boston. He is affiliated with the Protestant Episcopal Church.

He was married November 17, 1888, to Charlotte Upham, daughter of George P. and Sarah (Sprague) Upham, granddaughter of Phinehas and Mary (Avery) Upham and Peleg and Sarah (Sampson) Sprague, and a descendant of John Alden, of the little band of settlers brought by the Mayflower to Plymouth in 1620. Six children have been born to Mr. and Mrs. Baylies — Lincoln, Charlotte, George Upham, Walter Ray, Edmund and Ruth.

Walter G. Ashworth, Walter Cabot Baylies is my third cousin thrice removed.

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Walter Cabot Baylies's Timeline

August 13, 1862
Taunton, Bristol County, Massachusetts, United States
March 29, 1893
Age 30
November 15, 1894
Age 32
April 28, 1902
Age 39
Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts, United States
April 28, 1902
Age 39
July 11, 1904
Age 41
Age 44
May 3, 1936
Age 73
Boston, MA, United States