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BAGLEY, John Judson, politician, born in Medina, New York, 24 July 1832; died in San Francisco, California, 27 July 1881. He received a common-school education in Lockport, New York, and in early life immigrated with his father, settling in Constantine, Mich. At the age of fifteen he went to Detroit and secured employment in a tobacco factory. On attaining his majority he began a business of his own in the same line, and was continuously engaged with it until his death, accumulating a large property. He held numerous positions of public trust in the Detroit city government, and in 1868-'9 was chairman of the republican state central committee, gaining' great credit for the ability with which lie conducted the presidential canvass of 1868. In 1872 he was the republican candidate for governor, and was elected by a majority exceeding that of the Grant electors. He was reelected in 1874. His administrations were marked by his interest in all measures tending to the public good. The educational and charitable institutions were benefited by the judicious legislation urged by him, and the status of the liquor traffic owes its improved condition to his recommendations. In 1881 tie was prominently mentioned as a candidate for the United States senate, but lost the nomination in the republican caucus by a single vote. He was actively identified with the Unitarian Church in Detroit, and his donations to various charitable institutions were large and numerous.
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