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John Bailey

  • Born: 13 Aug 1787, Hanover MA
  • Died: 2 Mar 1883, Lynn MA

  General notes:

Clock and watchmaker

  Events in his life were:

  • Apprenticed about 1800 to John Bailey in Hanover MA
  • He worked from after 1809 to 1811 as a clockmaker in Portland ME
  • He worked from circa 1812 to 1823 as a clockmaker in Hanover MA

  • Watch paper, c 1820
    American Antiquarian Society
  • He worked after 1824 as a clock and watchmaker in New Bedford MA also producing mathematical and scientific equipment. He developed a lucrative trade calibrating chronometers for the local ship merchants, but later lost his business when his stanch abolitionist views became widely known.

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