Jacob Bailey


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(1731–1808). Born in Rowley, Massachusetts, he graduated from Harvard in 1755. After a brief career as a school teacher and Congregationalist minister, he converted to the Church of England. Ordained priest in 1760, and appointed to a frontier parish at Pawnalborough, Maine (then part of Massachusetts), he was resented by the largely Congregationalist community. As America slid towards open defiance of British authority, resentment of Bailey and the state-supported Church he represented sharpened. From 1774 on he was frequently harassed and assaulted. In 1779 he was permitted to depart as a Loyalist refugee for Nova Scotia, where he served as parish priest at Cornwallis (1779–82) and at Annapolis Royal (1782–1808).


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