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DARGAN, Edmund Strother

1805–1879

Biography

DARGAN, Edmund Strother, a Representative from Alabama; born near Wadesboro, Montgomery County, N.C., April 15, 1805; pursued preparatory studies at home; studied law; was admitted to the bar in Wadesboro in 1829; moved to Washington, Ala., where he commenced the practice of law and was for several years a justice of the peace; moved to Montgomery in 1833 and to Mobile in 1841; judge of the circuit court, Mobile district, in 1841 and 1842; served in the State senate in 1844; mayor of Mobile in 1844; elected as a Democrat to the Twenty-ninth Congress (March 4, 1845-March 3, 1847); did not seek renomination in 1846; associate justice of the State supreme court in 1847, and in 1849 became chief justice; resigned in December 1852 and resumed the practice of law; delegate to the State convention in 1861 and voted for the ordinance of secession; Member of the first Confederate House of Representatives; resumed the practice of law in Mobile, Ala., and died there on November 22, 1879; interment in Magnolia Cemetery.

View Record in the Biographical Directory of the U.S. Congress

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External Research Collections

Alabama Department of Archives and History

Montgomery, AL
Papers: 1834-1915. 8 folders. Personal and business papers.

Library of Congress
Manuscript Division

Washington, DC
Papers: In the P. Phillips family papers, 1832-1914, 8.8 linear feet. Correspondents include Edmund Strother Dargan.

University of Michigan
William L. Clements Library

Ann Arbor, MI
Papers: In the Jefferson Davis collection, 1861-1865, 0.25 linear foot. Persons represented include Edmund Strother Dargan.
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