John Judson Bagley (1832 - 1881)

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Birthplace: Medina, New York
Death: Died in San Francisco, California
Occupation: chewing tobacco manufacturer, Governor of Michigan 1873-77
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About John Judson Bagley

John Judson Bagley (July 24, 1832 – July 27, 1881) was a politician from the US state of Michigan, as well as its 16th Governor.

Contents 1 Early life in New York and Michigan 2 Politics in Michigan 3 Retirement and death 4 References 5 External links

Early life in New York and Michigan

Bagley was born in Medina, New York to John and Mary M. (Smith) Bagley. Bagley was initially raised in Lockport, New York. However, at the age of eight, he moved with his family to Constantine, Michigan. At age thirteen, he moved again, this time to the opposite side of the state – to Owosso, Michigan.

Bagley moved to Detroit, Michigan in 1847 as an apprentice and starting his working career in a small chewing tobacco shop of Isaac Miller. Bagley bought out Miller after seven years and renamed his store the Mayflower Tobacco Company, turning it into an industry leader that competed against other Detroit tobacco brands – at the time, tobacco was a major industry in Detroit.

Politics in Michigan

In 1855, he won election to the Detroit Board of Education, a position he held three years, by which time he had helped found the Republican Party. He also served as an alderman in Detroit. On Jan. 16, 1855, he married in Dubuque, Iowa to Frances E. Newberry [sic, should be Newbury], daughter of Rev. Samuel Newberry [sic, should be Newbury], a pioneer missionary of Michigan. They had seven children together.

Bagley also served on the Detroit Common Council from 1860 to 1861, and was a member of the Detroit Board of Police Commissioners from 1865 to 1872. Bagley helped to organize the Michigan Mutual Life Insurance Company and served as its president from 1867–1872. During that time, he was also chairman of the Michigan Republican Party from 1868–1870.

Bagley served as Governor of Michigan between 1873 and 1877. He encouraged the establishment of a state commission to regulate railroads, dealt with the matter of juvenile delinquency, and led the effort to establish the state Board of Health and the state Fish Commission. Bagley, a Unitarian, was an enthusiastic supporter of prohibition and passed the liquor-tax law.

Retirement and death

Bagley died in San Francisco at the age of forty-nine, almost five years after leaving office. He was interred in Woodmere Cemetery of Detroit, Michigan.

References

National Governor's Association Political Graveyard Memorial Library Bingham, Stephen D. (2005) [1888]. "s.v. John J. Bagley". Early History of Michigan, with biographies of state officers, members of Congress, judges and legislators. Pub. purusuant to act 59, 1887. Ann Arbor, Mich.: University of Michigan Library. pp. 55–56. Retrieved 2007-05-02.

Source: The article about John Judson Bagley in Wikipedia at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_J._Bagley

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Gov. John Judson Bagley's Timeline

1832
July 24, 1832
Medina, New York
1855
January 16, 1855
Age 22
Dubuque, IA, USA
1860
September 8, 1860
Age 28
Detroit, Wayne Co., MI, USA
1861
May 11, 1861
Age 28
Dubuque, IA, USA
1864
1864
Age 31
1865
February 15, 1865
Age 32
Detroit, Michigan, USA
1869
October 15, 1869
Age 37
Detroit, MI, USA
1881
July 27, 1881
Age 49
San Francisco, California
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