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Arthur Pendleton Bagby

Birthdate: (64)
Birthplace: Louisa County, Virginia, United States
Death: September 21, 1858 (64)
Mobile, Mobile County, Alabama, United States
Place of Burial: Mobile, Mobile County, Alabama, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of James Morris Bagby, Sr. and Mary Bagby
Husband of Emily Bagby and Ann Elizabeth Bagby
Father of Brig. General Arthur P. Bagby, Jr. (CSA); Anna Elizabeth Hall and Adelaide Louise Wilson
Brother of Rev. William Bagby

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About Arthur P. Bagby, Governor, U.S. Senator

Arthur Pendleton Bagby (1794 – September 21, 1858) was the tenth Governor of the U.S. state of Alabama from 1837 to 1841. Born in Louisa County, Virginia in 1794, he studied law and was admitted to the bar in 1819, practicing in Claiborne, Alabama. He was a member of the Alabama State House of Representatives in 1821, 1822, 1824, and 1834–1836, serving as the youngest-ever speaker in 1822 and 1836, and he served in the Alabama State Senate in 1825. He served in the U.S. Senate from November 21, 1841, when he was elected to fill the vacancy caused by Clement C. Clay's resignation, to June 16, 1848, when he resigned to become Minister to Russia from 1848 to 1849.

During his time in the Senate, he was chairman of the Committee on Territories, the Committee on Claims, and the Committee on Indian Affairs. As a Senator, he supported the annexation of Texas. Bagby died in 1858 in Mobile, Alabama, and he is interred in Magnolia Cemetery there.

Panic of 1837

During Bagby's administration, the country was plagued by economic depression as a result of the Panic of 1837. Bagby introduced measures to assist the state banks but the state legislature rejected most measures. All the state banks were closed by Bagby's successor, Governor Benjamin Fitzpatrick.

Arthur P. Bagby, Jr.

His son, Arthur P. Bagby, Jr., was a Confederate colonel in the Civil War, who was assigned to command as a brigadier general on April 13, 1864 to rank from March 17, 1864 and as a major general on May 16, 1865 to rank from May 10, 1865 by General Edmund Kirby Smith in the Trans-Mississippi Department. Neither appointment was confirmed by the Confederate Senate, which had held its final session before the major general assignment was made. Bagby's first wife, Emily Steele of Georgia, died in 1825, and is buried in Claiborne, Alabama.

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Arthur P. Bagby, Governor, U.S. Senator's Timeline

Louisa County, Virginia, United States
Age 37
May 17, 1833
Age 39
Claiborne, Monroe County, Alabama, United States
Age 43
September 21, 1858
Age 64
Mobile, Mobile County, Alabama, United States
Mobile, Mobile County, Alabama, United States