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Jay County Indiana Biographies


Bayard GRAY, the present efficient postmaster of Portland, is a native of Darke County, Ohio, born July 8, 1855, and is a son of Hon. Isaac P. Gray, the resent Governor of the State of Indiana. In the year of his birth his parents settled in Union City, Randolph County, Indiana, and here he passed his youth. His father is a native of Chester County, Pennsylvania, and followed banking and merchandising until 1869, when he adopted the profession of law. Bayard Gray attended the schools of Union City, preparing himself for college, and in 1870 he entered the Freshmen class of the State University at Bloomington, Indiana, but did not complete his course at that institution. Later he attended Asbury College, now DePauw University, at Greencastle, Indiana, from which he graduated in the class of 1876. He studied law with his father, and was admitted to the bar in 1878, when he engaged in the practice of law at Union City. He followed his law practice at that place until coming to Portland, September 3, 1881,at which time he purchased the Portland Sun and assumed control of that paper. Under the management of Mr. Gray the paper was highly prosperous, its circulation being greatly increased, and its influence widely extended. Though not a practical printer he possesses a natural adaptation to the publishing business, which with his fine literary attainments, renders him a successful editor. April 2, 1885, he was appointed postmaster of Portland to succeed Nimrod Headington, his commission bearing the date April 23,1885, and December 14, 1885, he sold the Sun, and has since devotedhis time to the duties of his office, becoming a popular postmaster. Mr. Gray is an active politician. His name is frequently mentioned in connection with the Democratic Congressional nomination to be made the ensuing year. September 1, 1887, Emerson McGriff, of Winchester, Indiana, ex-prosecuting attorney, and the subject of this sketch formed a partnership at Portland for the practice of law. The firm has admirable prospects

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