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BAGBY, John Courts

BAGBY, John Courts
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BAGBY, John Courts, a Representative from Illinois; born in Glasgow, Ky., January 24, 1819; attended the public schools; was graduated as a civil engineer from Bacon College, Harrodsburg, Ky., in June 1840; studied law; was admitted to the bar in March 1845 and commenced practice in Rushville, Schuyler County, Ill., in April 1846; elected as a Democrat to the Forty-fourth Congress (March 4, 1875-March 3, 1877); was not a candidate for renomination in 1876; resumed the practice of his profession in Rushville, Ill.; judge of Schuyler County 1882-1885; judge of the sixth judicial circuit court of Illinois 1885-1891; resumed the practice of law; died in Rushville, Ill., April 4, 1896; interment in Rushville Cemetery.

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External Research Collections

Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library

Springfield, IL
Papers: 1849-1886, 160 items. The papers of John C. Bagby contain personal, business and political correspondence concerning the California gold rush; political campaigns of 1852, 1856 and 1858; the Civil War; railroads; appointments and legal affairs. Political letters concern the Republican Party, Stephen A. Douglas and Abraham Lincoln. A finding aid is available in the repository.
Papers: 1864, 1 item. A letter from W. R. Irwin to John C. Bagby written on April 28, 1864. In the letter, W. R. Irwin writes that he is distributing Union League of America publications. He also refers to Abraham Lincoln and the 1864 election.
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