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Arthur Bagby papers

Identifier: MSS-0102

Scope and Contents note

This collection contains a photocopy of a speech given by Arthur Pendleton Bagby (1794-1858) at the inauguration of President Basil Manly at The University of Alabama in 1837. It also includes photocopies of correspondence between Arthur Bagby and his wife, Anne E. Bagby. There are five original letters from A. P. Bagby to various businessmen, officials, and one letter to President James Buchanan. Various photocopies of newspaper articles, biographical information, and correspondence concerning him from the 1960s (some from the Historic Mobile Preservation Society), are also included.


  • 1837


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research. Researchers must register and agree to copyright and privacy laws before using this collection. Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations. Due to the nature of certain archival formats, including digital and audio-visual materials, access to certain materials may require additional advance notice.

Biographical/Historical note

Arthur Pendleton Bagby was born in Louisa County, Virginia, in 1794 to James M. and Mary Jones Bagby. The family relocated to Claiborne, Alabama. Arthur Bagby opened a legal practice in Alabama in 1819 and married Emily Steel (1803-1825). In 1821, he was elected as representative of Monroe County, Alabama. He was later named speaker of the house, and over the next fifteen years he served in the state legislature. He was a state senator from 1841 to 1848. He was the tenth governor of Alabama from 1837 to 1841 and resided in what is now known as the University Club in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. After Emily's death, A. P. Bagby remarried Ann Elizabeth Cornell of South Carolina in 1828 and had at least five children. One of his children, Arthur Pendleton Bagby (1833-1921), Jr., was a also a lawyer and a Confederate general. Arthur Bagby died in Mobile, Alabama, on September 21, 1858.



0.01 Linear Feet (20 items)

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Contains materials, mostly photocopies, created by or relating to Arthur Bagby, the tenth governor of Alabama.


Gift of Rufus J. Bealle, 1987.

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Updated by Donnelly Walton, 2013
Guide to the Arthur Bagby papers
December 2013
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Repository Details

Part of the The University of Alabama Libraries Special Collections Repository

Box 870266
Tuscaloosa AL 35487-0266