James Henry Bailey was born on November 1, 1919 to John Henry Bailey, a public official, and Elizabeth Beasley Bailey. He was educated at the University of Virginia and received an A.B. from the College of William and Mary in 1939. He also received his M.A. from the University of Virginia in 1942 and Doctorate of Philosophy from Georgetown University in 1953. Through Bailey's school career he maintained an interest in genealogical research, acting, and the preservation and restoration of old buildings. Meanwhile, in 1942 through 1946, Bailey served in the U.S. Army, achieving the rank of second lieutenant. After receiving his doctorate, Bailey took a position as assistant professor of history at the Medical College of Virginia in 1959. In 1962 he became a professor of history and remained the chairman of the department of history and political science at Brenau College until 1967. At this point he took a job at the Petersburg Department of Tourism as a historical adviser. Finally, from 1974 on Bailey worked as a member of the board of directors of the Southside Virginia Community Concerts. Bailey, a Roman Catholic, incorporated religion into some of his writings, including "A History of the Diocese of Richmond: The Formative Years" (1956) and "The Miracle of Jesus for Today" (1977). Other notable works include "Old Petersburg" (1976), "Henrico Home Front" (1963), on which he was an editor, and "Petersburg in the Revolution: 1781" (1981), a copy of which is included in this collection. Bailey also contributed to a number of newspapers and magazines, such as the Virginia Cavalcade, as well as to the New Catholic Encyclopedia and Catholic Youth Encyclopedia.
Source: Contemporary Authors Online