BAGBY, Arthur Pendleton (1794-1858)

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.

Alabama Department of Archives and History
Montgomery, AL
Papers: 1837-1841, 184?, 1848-1849. Gubernatorial papers (1837-1841) including correspondence, orders, and other items in the following series: administrative files; appointments files; extraditions and requisitions files; militia files; pardons, paroles, and clemency files; reward files; and official letterbooks (index). Also letters (184?, 1848-1849) to his wife, photographs, and portrait.
Additional Papers: In records of other Alabama governors including Ruben Chapman, 1847-1849; Benjamin Fitzpatrick, 1841-1845; and Joshua L. Martin, 1845-1847. Finding aid.

Pierpont Morgan Library
New York, NY
Papers: 1838-1857. 2 items.

Rhode Island Historical Society
Providence, RI
Papers: Correspondence in the Alva Woods papers, 1816-1900, concerning the Dorr War in Rhode Island.

University of Alabama
W.S. Hoole Special Collections
Tuscaloosa, AL
Papers: 8 letters (1841-1857), 4 letters (1841-1848), 1 letter (1857), and 3 photocopies from the United States Military Academy. Finding aid.

  • Bagby, Arthur Pendleton, John James Ormond, George Goldthwaite, and Henry Churchill Semple, eds. The Code of Alabama. Montgomery: Brittan & De Wolf, 1852.
  • Martin, John M. "The Senatorial Career of Arthur Pendleton Bagby.'' Alabama Historical Quarterly 42 (Fall & Winter 1980): 124-56.
  • Watson, Elbert L. "Arthur Pendleton Bagby.'' In Alabama United States Senators, pp. 42-44. Huntsville, AL: Strode Publishers, 1982.