BAY, WILLIAM VAN NESS, a Representative from Missouri; born in Hudson, N.Y., November 23, 1818;
attended the public schools; studied law; was admitted to the bar; moved to Union, Franklin County,
Mo., in 1836 and commenced the practice of law; member of the State house of representatives
1844-1848; elected as a Democrat to the Thirty-first Congress (March 4, 1849-March 3, 1851);
resumed the practice of law; appointed judge of the State supreme court in 1862; elected to this
position in 1863 and served until removed by Governor Fletcher in 1865; moved to St. Louis, Mo.,
and again resumed the practice of law; retired in 1886 and moved to Eureka, Mo., where he died
February 10, 1894; interment in Oak Hill Cemetery, Kirkwood, St. Louis County, Mo.