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Arthur Pendleton BAGBY

(1794-1858)
Senate Years of Service:
1841-1848
Party:
Democrat

BAGBY, Arthur Pendleton, a Senator from Alabama; born in Louise County, Va., in 1794; studied law; admitted to the bar in 1819 and commenced practice in Claiborne, Ala.; member of the State house of representatives in 1821, 1822, 1824, and 1834-1836, serving as speaker in 1822 and 1836; served in the State senate in 1825; Governor of Alabama 1837-1841; elected as a Democrat to the United States Senate to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Clement C. Clay and served from November 24, 1841, until June 16, 1848, when he resigned to become Minister to Russia; chairman, Committee on Territories (Twenty-eighth and Twenty-ninth Congresses), Committee on Claims (Twenty-ninth Congress), Committee on Indian Affairs (Twenty-ninth Congress); United States Minister to Russia 1848-1849; member of the commission to codify the State laws of Alabama in 1852; moved to Mobile, Ala., in 1856, where he died on September 21, 1858; interment in Magnolia Cemetery, Mobile, Ala.

Bibliography

Dictionary of American Biography; Martin, John M. “The Senatorial Career of Arthur Pendleton Bagby.” Alabama Historical Quarterly 42 (Fall/Winter 1980): 124-56.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present

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