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BAGBY, Arthur Pendleton, governor of Alabama, born in Virginia in 1'794; died in Mobile, Alabama, 21 September 1858. He received a liberal education, and settled in Alabama in 1818. He soon gained a reputation as a criminal lawyer, and in 1820-'2 was sent to the legislature, where he was chosen speaker of the house. He was governor from 1837 to 1841, when tie was sent as a democrat to the United States senate to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Clement C. Clay. Here he served until 16 June 1848, when he accepted the office of minister to Russia. On 14 May 1849, he withdrew and returned home. He was afterward one of the commission appointed to codify the laws of Alabama.
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