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Leonard P. Bailey View Extant Instruments View Instruments


Zanesville, Ohio, c.1835-no later than 1886.
Classification: Builder

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May 07, 2018:

Note derived from derived from A Guide to North American Organbuilders, by David H. Fox (Organ Historical Society, rev. ed., 1997). Edited for the revised OHS Online Database website, 2017. -

Leonard P. Bailey was born July 3, 1798 in Buds Ferry, Pennsylvania; he was an apprentice with an organ and piano builder in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He was in Zanesville, Ohio, in 1824; and active in Zanesville, Ohio, by (1835?). Bailey died February 5, 1886 in Zanesville, Ohio.


  • Elizabeth Towne Schmitt.

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May 07, 2018:

Note from the OHS Online Organ Database Builders Listing editors Charles Eberline and Stephen Hall, March 2, 2017. -

"Leonard Perry Bailey, born 1798, died 1886, married Abigail Matthews and settled in Zanesville, Ohio. They had nine children."

"From a press article, written by S. S. Gilson in 1885, I extract the following : 'One of the most interesting men in Zanesville is Mr. Leonard P. Bailey, 87 years of age, and an elder in the church for over 50 years. Mr. Bailey began the manufacture of organs and pianos in 1820. He made and introduced the first organ used in a Presbyterian Church in America. A desire was expressed by several persons for its introduction into the Second Presbyterian Church. After considerable consideration and hesitation, Mr. Culbertson (the pastor) consented. A place was prepared for the organ in the gallery, where it stood many Sabbaths in silence. When the people had become accustomed to its presence, it was played one Sabbath for the children. Soon it was used for the full service, and not a single objection was made by any member of the church or congregation.' [material omitted] I might add that Uncle Leonard made the first pipe organ ever used in Marietta, which has been in constant use ever since it was introduced in 1846."


  • Lucy Dennison Bailey "The Bailey Pioneers of the Northwest Territory" Account of the Fifth Annual Gathering of the Bailey- Bayley Family Association Held at North Scituate, Mass., September 6th, 1897 (Sommerville Citizens Press, 1898), 16.

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