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Collection Number: 02573

Collection Title: John Bragg Papers, 1851-1887.

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This collection was rehoused and a summary created with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities; this finding aid was created with support from NC ECHO.

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Size 1.0 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 625 items)
Abstract John Bragg was a Mobile, Ala., lawyer, planter, and politician. The collection includes papers consisting mostly of political and constituent correspondence, 1851-1853, while Bragg was a Democratic United States representative, concerning Mobile, Alabama, and national politics, especially political appointments. Also included are some letters during the same period from John's brothers, Braxton Bragg (1817-1876), then a United States Army officer, and Thomas Bragg (1810-1872), governor and United States 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.
Creator Bragg, John, 1806-1878.
Language English
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Restrictions to Access
No restrictions. Open for research.
Restrictions to Use
No usage restrictions.
Copyright Notice
Copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.
Preferred Citation
[Identification of item], in the John Bragg Papers, #2573, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
On loan from Isabella Norvelle Penruddocke and Mary Lowther Penruddocke of Birmingham, Ala.; Mrs. Wilson J. Dobson of Manchester, Conn.; and Mrs. Leonard D. Tuthill of Ames, Iowa; 1943-1944.
Additional Descriptive Resources
A copy of the original finding aid for this collection is filed in folder 1a.
Sensitive Materials Statement
Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations, the North Carolina Public Records Act (N.C.G.S. § 132 1 et seq.), and Article 7 of the North Carolina State Personnel Act (Privacy of State Employee Personnel Records, N.C.G.S. § 126-22 et seq.). Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g., a cause of action under common law for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill assumes no responsibility.
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John Bragg (1806-1878) was a lawyer, legislator, judge, planter, and native of North Carolina. Bragg was educated at the University of North Carolina, graduating in 1824; was admitted to the bar in 1830; and served as a member of the North Carolina House of Commons, 1830-1834. In 1836 he moved to Mobile, Ala., where he practiced law and raised cotton in Lowndes County. He became a circuit judge in 1842 and later a member of the Alabama House of Representatives. He was elected to the United States Congress, 1851-1853, as a States Rights Democrat, after which he resumed his law practice.

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The collection includes political, family and business papers of John Bragg. Political papers, 1851-1853, includes correspondence with constituents and fellow politicians while Bragg was a Democratic United States representative. Correspondence relates to appointments, requests for public documents, and party business. Also included are some letters during the same period from John's brothers, Braxton (1817-1876), then a United States Army officer, and Thomas (1810-1872), governor and United States 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's cotton plantation in Lowndes County, Ala., 1866-1877.

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Contents list

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Series 1. Congressional Papers, 1851-1853 and undated.

Chiefly political correspondence of John Bragg with constituents and other politicians while he was serving as a Democratic United States representative. Many of the letters are related to land claims, pensions, public offices, and requests for public documents. Some are related to postal issues and routes, including an 1853 embezzlement at the Mobile, Ala., post office. Also included are letters commenting on national and Alabama politics including Democratic Party business, candidates, elections, proceedings of the Alabama legislature, and specific political issues including states rights, American commercial interests in Mexico and Panama, and Native American affairs. Some letters of this period are from John's brothers, Thomas, describing North Carolina politics, and Braxton, discussing Army legislation and the United States Department of War. There are also a few lists of Alabama constituents and scattered personal letters and invitations.

Folder 1

1851 #02573, Series: "1. Congressional Papers, 1851-1853 and undated." Folder 1

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Folder 13

1852 #02573, Series: "1. Congressional Papers, 1851-1853 and undated." Folder 2-13

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Folder 15

1853 #02573, Series: "1. Congressional Papers, 1851-1853 and undated." Folder 14-15

Folder 16

Undated (1851-1853) #02573, Series: "1. Congressional Papers, 1851-1853 and undated." Folder 16

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Includes business papers pertaining to John Bragg's cotton planting activities in Lowndes County, Ala., and a few papers of Dr. Shirley Bragg. Among items present are indentures and contracts, bills, accounts, inventories, and correspondence with merchants and plantation managers. Correspondence with plantation managers discusses conditions on the plantations, progress of activities, expenses, labor, and misfortunes.

Papers of Dr. Shirley Bragg concern medical school, medical licensing, and the possibility of practicing abroad.

Folder 1a

Original finding aid #02573, Series: "2. Business and Family Papers, 1866-1877 and undated." Folder 1a

Folder 17

1866-1871 #02573, Series: "2. Business and Family Papers, 1866-1877 and undated." Folder 17

Folder 18

1872 #02573, Series: "2. Business and Family Papers, 1866-1877 and undated." Folder 18

Folder 19

1873-1874 #02573, Series: "2. Business and Family Papers, 1866-1877 and undated." Folder 19

Folder 20

1875 #02573, Series: "2. Business and Family Papers, 1866-1877 and undated." Folder 20

Folder 21

1876-1877 and undated #02573, Series: "2. Business and Family Papers, 1866-1877 and undated." Folder 21

Includes a few papers of Dr. Shirley Bragg related to his going to Russia or Turkey to make a living.

Folder 22

Letters, 1872-1873 #02573, Series: "2. Business and Family Papers, 1866-1877 and undated." Folder 22

Folder 23

John E. Wallace letters, 1874 #02573, Series: "2. Business and Family Papers, 1866-1877 and undated." Folder 23

Folder 24

Munter and Faber accounts, 1872-1874 #02573, Series: "2. Business and Family Papers, 1866-1877 and undated." Folder 24

Folder 25

Charles Hopkins and Company accounts, 1873-1875 #02573, Series: "2. Business and Family Papers, 1866-1877 and undated." Folder 25

Folder 26

Miscellaneous bills #02573, Series: "2. Business and Family Papers, 1866-1877 and undated." Folder 26

Folder 27

T. K. Padgett letters, 1875 #02573, Series: "2. Business and Family Papers, 1866-1877 and undated." Folder 27

Folder 28

N. B. Bowie exams and letters, 1887 #02573, Series: "2. Business and Family Papers, 1866-1877 and undated." Folder 28

Includes the Alabama medical examinations of N. B. Bowie, and his letter of appeal following his failure to qualify to practice medicine in Lowndes County, Ala.

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About 25 items.

This series contains group of steel engravings of prominent lawyers including William H. Battle of Chapel Hill, N.C.; W. F. Bullock of Louisville, Ky.; S. M. Harrington of Delaware; J. Y. Lumpkin; Henry Pirtle of Louisville, Ky.; and Daniel A. Wilson of Lynchburg, Va. Also included are congressional speeches and reports; campaign literature; petitions; issues of the Congressional Globe; newspaper clippings; a list of Alabama legislators, 1851-1852; and other items.

Folder 29

Printed material and pictures #02573, Series: "3. Pictures and Printed Material, 1851-1876 and undated." Folder 29

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Processing Information

Processed by: SHC Staff

Encoded by: Noah Huffman, December 2007

Updated by: Kate Stratton and Jodi Berkowitz, September 2009

This collection was rehoused and a summary created with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

This finding aid was created with support from NC ECHO.

Diacritics and other special characters have been omitted from this finding aid to facilitate keyword searching in web browsers.

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