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 Thomas Madison Bagby

Thomas Madison Bagby

New Canton, Buckingham County, Virginia, USA
Death 12 May 1868 (aged 53)
Burial Houston, Harris County, Texas, USA
Plot Sect. C-4, Lot 171
Memorial ID 19608236 · View Source
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Citizen of The Republic of Texas

Son of Daniel and Lucy Hunt Allen Bagby. Moved to Carroll County, TN in 1822 where he grew up and became a merchant. He moved to Texas in 1837, worked as a commission merchant, and eventually became a prosperous cotton factor. In 1847,he was involved in an effort to emancipate a black woman but his petition to the legislature was denied.

One of 9 original members of the Houston Public Library, chartered in 1848, which stands on the site of the former Bagby home.

He was a member of First Presbyterian Church, Houston, where he served as clerk of session for many years and started the first Sunday School for black children. He served as Alderman of the Fourth Ward of Houston. He founded and was president of the Third National Bank established in Texas.

In 1850, he was one of the incorporators of the Houston Plank Road Company, and in 1866 he helped found the Houston Direct Navigation Company to promote barge transport of cotton and improve bayou navigation. A steamboat, the T.M. Bagby was named in his honor.

He was a close friend of Sam Houston and served as his agent in Houston during the years Houston served as governor.

He served in the Confederacy on ships called "cotton sides" as they were covered on the sides with cotton bales.

He died quite suddenly on 12 May 1868.

He married Marianna Baker in Houston on 23 Feb 1848. They had six children, William G Bagby, Emily Gray Usher, Eleanor, Lucy H, Mary B and Bessie B.

Bio information provided by Findagrave Member: Dan, Member Number #46920253 and Karin Robinson, Member #46950407

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  • Created by: Julie Karen Hancock (Cooper) Jackson
  • Added: 29 May 2007
  • Find A Grave Memorial 19608236
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Thomas Madison Bagby (18 May 1814–12 May 1868), Find A Grave Memorial no. 19608236, citing Glenwood Cemetery, Houston, Harris County, Texas, USA ; Maintained by Julie Karen Hancock (Cooper) Jackson (contributor 24420413) .