BRAGG, Thomas (1810-1872)

BRAGG, THOMAS, a Senator from North Carolina; born in Warrenton, Warren County, N.C., November 9, 1810; attended the Warrenton Academy; graduated from Captain Partridge's Military Academy, Middletown, Conn.; studied law; admitted to the bar in 1833 and commenced practice in Jackson, Northampton County, N.C.; member, State house of commons 1842-1843; prosecuting attorney for Northampton County; Governor of North Carolina 1855-1859; elected as a Democrat to the United States Senate and served from March 4, 1859, until March 8, 1861, when he withdrew; expelled from the Senate for support of the rebellion on July 11, 1861; chairman, Committee on Claims (Thirty-sixth Congress); appointed Attorney General of the Confederate States November 21, 1861, and served two years; resumed the practice of law; died in Raleigh, N.C., January 21, 1872; interment in Oakwood Cemetery.

Library of Congress
Manuscript Division
Washington, DC
Papers: 1858. Certificate.

North Carolina Division of Archives and History
Raleigh, NC
Papers: 1854-1871. 64 items. Early letters (1854) concern patronage, later letters (1866-1870) concern his law practice, and photographs.
Additional Papers: Gubernatorial papers; and miscellaneous items in various collections. Finding aid.

Pierpont Morgan Library
New York, NY
Papers: 1857, 1860. 2 items.

University of North Carolina
Southern Historical Collection
Chapel Hill, NC
Papers: 1861-1862. 1 volume diary. Subjects include events in Washington, DC, and in the South on the eve and during the secession of the southern states, war news, rumors, and political activities. Includes records of congressional sessions and conversations with other members. Available on 1 microfilm reel. Finding aid.

University of Virginia
Alderman Library
Charlottesville, VA
Papers: Correspondence in Lawrence O'Bryan Branch papers, 1840-1862. On microfilm. Finding aid.

  • Bragg, Thomas. Thomas Bragg Diary, 1861-1862, in the Southern Historical Collection of the University of North Carolina Library. Chapel Hill: Southern Historical Collections Library, University of North Carolina, 1966. Microfilm. 1 reel and guide.
  • Cowper, Pulaski. "Thomas Bragg.'' In Lives of Distinguished North Carolinians, edited by William J. Peele, pp. 306-32. Raleigh: North Carolina Publishing Society, 1898.
  • Walton, Brian G. "Elections to the United States Senate in North Carolina, 1835-1861.'' North Carolina Historical Review 53 (April 1976): 168-92.