MG 798 - Bailey, George Reily Collection

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Scope and Content

The collection contains historical items of the Harrisburg area, including a regional map of the city, 1951; "History of Pine Grove Furnace," published by the Cumberland County Historical Society, 1975; "Art Work of Harrisburg," published by the W. H. Parish Publishing Co., 1892, with photographs of scenes of the Susquehanna, views of the streets of the city, views of the Capital buildings, churches, schools, railroad, bridges, cemeteries, reservoir, hospitals; "Outline History of the World," the Chronological Tables in the Forum of the State Education Building by the Architect, William Gehron, with photographs of the interior of the Forum Building, c. 1951.


George Reily Bailey, b. 1900, d. 1981, was a son of Edward and Elizabeth Reily Bailey. He was a noted city banker being active in banking from 1923 to 1972. He served as the last president of the Harrisburg National Bank and Trust Company from 1954 to 1961 when it merged to become the Commonwealth National Bank; his father, uncle, grandfather and great-grandfather had all been presidents of the bank. The names Reily and Bailey were in the forefront of Harrisburg banking as well as medicine. One of his ancestors, Dr. Luther Reily, the congressman, was one of Harrisburg's earliest physicians. He was educated at Harrisburg Academy, Phillips Andover Academy and Yale. He was a member of many community organizations and was a key figure in many civic endeavors. He was married to Elizabeth Scott of Pittsburgh. They resided for many years in the Maclay Mansion at Front and South Streets. He died in January, 1981.

Date(s): 1892-1975

Extent: 4 folders