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BAYLY, THOMAS HENRY.
HIS gentleman represents that section of Virginia commonly known as the Accomac District, and formerly, for some years, represented by Henry A. Wise, late minister at the court of Brazil. The district at present comprises the counties of York, Accomac, Northampton, Warwick, Williamsburg, New Kent, Mathews, Gloucester, Lancaster, and Northumberland, together with Elizabeth City, James City, Charles City, and the City of Williamsburg.
We learn from sources already public that Mr. Bayly was born in the county of Accomac, Virginia, on the 11th of December, 1810. He is the son of Colonel Thomas M. Bayly, and the grandson, on the maternal side, of General John Cropper, a distinguished officer in the Continental army during the Revolutionary war. The ancestors of Mr. Bayly emigrated from England in 1666, and settled upon an estate on which he at present resides, and which has never passed out of the possession of the family. From the time of their first settlement in this country, they were prominent and leading men in the part of the state in which they resided. His grandfathers were members of the Senate of Virginia. His father, who was a graduate of Princeton College, entered public life in 1796, and continued in it, with a short intermission, until 1831, during which time he was several times a member of the House of Delegates and Senate of Virginia ; a member of Congress from the district at this time represented by his son, and a member of the late Convention which framed the Constitution of Virginia. He died in 1834.
Thomas H. Bayly completed his collegiate course at the University of Virginia, where he studied law, upon the practice of which he entered in 1830. He rose rapidly to distinction in his profession.