John Moran Bailey

1904 – 1975

John Moran Bailey, Chairman of the Democratic National Committee, circa 1961. Photograph by George Maniatas, Continental Photo Service, New York, from the Democratic National Committee Files, John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, Boston (DNC-73)

John M. Bailey was a prominent figure in Connecticut and U. S. politics.

Connecticut Politics

A graduate of Catholic University and Harvard Law, Bailey was active in the Connecticut Democratic Party from 1946 until his death in 1975.

As Party chairman, he coordinated statewide election campaigns. He is credited with turning the state from one politically dominated by WASP Republicans to one led by Democrats of Catholic and Jewish descent.

Bailey masterminded Abraham Ribicoff ‘s gubernatorial campaign. Elected in 1955, Ribicoff was the first Jewish governor in the Northeast. And to date, the only Jewish governor of Connecticut.

Before his death in 1975, Bailey saw his protégé Ella T. Grasso elected Governor of Connecticut. Grasso was the first female elected governor of a U.S. state in her own right. She was also the first female governor of Connecticut.

Federal Politics

Bailey served as Democratic National Chairman from 1961 through 1968.

Following the assassination of President John F. Kennedy in 1963, Bailey oversaw the greatest electoral landslide in U. S. history. In the 1964 election, Lyndon B. Johnson won 486 electoral votes and achieved supermajorities in both the U.S. House and Senate.

Location:
Section 12, Lot 56

References:

Hartford Courant. “John M. Bailey, Democratic Chairman, Dead at 70,” April 11, 1975

Wikipedia. Ella T. Grasso. Accessed at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ella_T._Grasso

Wikipedia. John Moran Bailey. Accessed at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Moran_Bailey


Photo Credit:

John Moran Bailey, Chairman of the Democratic National Committee, circa 1961. Photograph by George Maniatas, Continental Photo Service, New York, from the Democratic National Committee Files, John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, Boston (DNC-73)