Gaines, Pierce Welsh.

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Pierce Welch Gaines was born 13 August 1905, in New Haven, Connecticut, the son of John Marshall (an efficiency expert) and Cornelia (Welch) Gaines. He attended Yale University (A.B., 1927) and Harvard University (LL.B., 1931). Gaines actively collected in the area of political Americana for the period 1789-1810. A member of the American Antiquarian Society, Bibliographical Society of University of Virginia, Connecticut Historical Society, New York Historical Society, and Acorn Club ( Connecticut ), Gaines resided in Fairfield, Connecticut .

An attorney by profession, Gaines worked for Allan R. Campbell (law firm, New York, N.Y., 1932-1935), U.S. Reconstruction Finance Corporation (New York, N.Y., 1935-1936), Cutis & Stoddard (law firm, Bridgeport, Conn., partner, 1936-1940), Davis Polk Wardwell Sunderland & Kiendl (New York, N.Y., attorney, 1940-1942, 1945-1946), American Telephone and Telegraph Co., (New York, N.Y., 1947-1968), U.S. Department of the Navy, Bureau of Aeronautics (Washington, D.C., assistant counsel, later counsel, 1942-1945). Mr. Gaines also served as a Trustee for the Yale Library Associates (1962-1977), Fairfield Country Day School (trustee, 1952-1963, secretary of the board, 1953-1958), Fairfield Community Chest (director, 1961-1962), and Fairfield Historical Society, (vice president, 1971-1977). Mr. Gaines died in 1977.

Published Works: Political Works of Concealed Authorship During the Administrations of Washington, Adams and Jefferson, 1789-1809 , Yale University Library , 1959 . Political Works of Concealed Authorship Relating to the United States, 1789-1810 , Shoe String , 1972 . The Journal of William Stebbins (editor), Acorn Club , 1968 . William Cobbett and the United States, 1792-1835: A Bibliography with Notes and Extracts , American Antiquarian Society , 1971 . Proceedings and Yale University Library Gazette (contributor), American Antiquarian Society .

From the guide to the Gaines Collection of Americana, undated, 1786-1981, (Archives & Special Collections at the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center .)

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