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BRAGG, John, a Representative from Alabama; born near Warrenton, Warren County, N.C., January 14, 1806; attended the local academy at Warrenton, and was graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1824; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1830 and commenced practice in Warrenton; member of the State house of commons of North Carolina 1830-1834; moved to Mobile, Ala., in 1836 and continued the practice of law; was appointed judge of the tenth judicial circuit in 1842; member of the State house of representatives; elected as a Democrat to the Thirty-second Congress (March 4, 1851-March 3, 1853); declined to be a candidate for reelection in 1852; resumed the practice of his profession; delegate from Mobile to the State constitutional convention in 1861; died in Mobile, Ala., August 10, 1878; 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
Photographs: In the Bragg family photographs, ca. 1935, 1 folder. Persons represented include John Bragg.

University of North Carolina
Southern Historical Collection

Chapel Hill, NC
Papers: 1851-1887, 617 items. The papers of John Bragg consist mostly of political and constituent correspondence, 1851-1853, while he was a Democratic U.S. Representative, concerning Mobile, Alabama, and national politics, especially political appointments. Also included are some letters during the same period from John Bragg's brothers, Braxton (1817-1876), then a U.S. Army officer, and Thomas (1810-1872), governor and U.S. Senator of North Carolina, discussing political events in Washington, D.C., especially concerning the Army, and elections and politics in North Carolina. Also available are extensive papers relating to the management of John Bragg's cotton plantation in Lowndes County, Ala., 1866-1877. An unpublished description is available in the library.
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