Ralph Emerson Bailey

Ralph Emerson Bailey ( * July 14, 1878 in Cainsville, Harrison County, Missouri, † April 8, 1948 in Cape Girardeau, Missouri ) was an American politician. Between 1925 and 1927 he represented the State of Missouri in the U.S. House of Representatives.


In 1880, Ralph Bailey moved with his parents to Benton, Illinois, where he later attended the public schools. In 1897 he returned to Missouri and settled in Bloomfield. Thereafter he attended until 1901, the Southeast Missouri Teachers' College in Cape Girardeau. Afterwards he studied at the University of Missouri in Columbia. After studying law and his 1907 was admitted to the bar he began to work in Bloomfield in this profession. In 1910 he moved his residence and his law firm to Sikeston. From 1912 to 1914 and again from 1918 to 1922, he served as a legal representative of his new hometown. He was also a board member of the Southeast Missouri Teachers' College.

Politically, Bailey member of the Republican Party. In the congressional elections of 1924 he was in the 14th electoral district of Missouri in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington DC chosen, where he succeeds James F. Fulbright took on 4 March 1925 that he had beaten in the election. Since he resigned in 1926 to run again, he was able to complete only one term in Congress until March 3, 1927. After his retirement from the U.S. House of Representatives Ralph Bailey practiced again as a lawyer in Sikeston. He died on 8 April 1948 in Cape Girardeau and was buried in Sikeston.