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W. S. Hoole Special Collections Library Manuscript Collections

Guide to the Walter Lawrence Bragg letters MSS.0200

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Publication:

University Libraries Division of Special Collections, The University of Alabama

Box 870266
Tuscaloosa, Alabama, 35487-0266
205.348.0500
archives@ua.edu

May 2009

Creation:

This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2012-11-20T10:17-0600

Language Usage:

English

Description Rules:

Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Collection Title:

Walter Lawrence Bragg letters

Unit ID:

MSS.0200

Repository:

University Libraries Division of Special Collections, The University of Alabama

Quantity:

0.1 Linear feet (14 items, 26 pieces ; photocopies)

Dates:

1881-1882

Abstract:

Copies of incoming letters dated 1881-1882, from the Alabama state archives.

creator

Bragg, Walter Lawrence, 1835-1891

Scope and Contents note

The collection contains copies of incoming letters dated 1881-1882, from the Alabama state archives.

Preferred Citation:

Walter Lawrence Bragg letters, W.S. Hoole Special Collections Library, University Libraries Division of Special Collections, The University of Alabama.

Acquisition Information:

Allen Johnston Going, 1946?

Biographical/Historical note

Walter Lawrence Bragg, son of P.N. and Martha W. Bragg, was born in Lowdnes County, Alabam, on 25 February 1838. When he was four, the family moved to Ouachita County, Arkansas, and grew up there. He graduated from Harvard in 1858 and practiced law in Camden, Arkansas. He rose to the rank of captain in the Army of Tennessee during the Civil War, after which he settled in Marion, Alabama. In 1871, he moved to Montgomery.

Bragg's political career began in 1874, when he was elected head of the Democratic State Executive Committee. He later was elected as Alabama's representative on the Democratic National Committee, and in 1880, was a presidential elector when the Democrats carried the state.

In early 1881, he was appointed President of the Alabama Railroad Commission. When his second term expired, he returned to his law practice in Montgomery. Bragg was the first president of the Interstate Commerce Commission, appointed by President Grover Cleveland. He was influential in ending "carpetbag" rule in Alabama politics.

Suffering from war wounds, Bragg's health declined. On 21 August 1891, he died at Avon-by-the-Sea, New Jersey, following a two-year long illness.

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Usage Restrictions:

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Source(s)

Business and Labor (localbroad)

Government, Law and Politics (localbroad)

Letters (correspondence) (aat)

Montgomery County (Ala.) (lcsh)

Railroads--Alabama--Records and correspondence (lcsh)

Letters Box 15