Baggett, John (1844 1940)

HOUSE, 50th General Assembly; representing Montgomery County; elected to fill vacancy created by disqualification of J. M. H. Graham on Jan. 20, 1897; Baggett was qualified and seated Feb. 2, 1897, serving to end of term; elected to represent Montgomery in House of 51st General Assembly, 1899-91; Democrat. Born Nov. 2, 1844; death certificate shows place of birth Dickson County while other sources name Montgomery County; son of Thomas and Allie Baggett. Attended "common schools". Married, date not indicated, to Mary M. Underwood, daughter of Jeremiah and Katie (Arnold) Underwood, of Montgomery County; eight children reaching maturity were James Bell, L. P., Albert, Luther, Arthur, Alice, Ada Atlanta, and Savannah; name of ninth child not found. Engaged in farming at Cunningham, Montgomery County; extensive dealer in land and livestock; operated store at one time. Justice of the peace and member of county court eight years. Took no part in Civil War, explaining "I always thought a war was a rich man's plan and a poor man's fight." Died at Clarksville, Montgomery County, Feb. 20,1940; buried in family graveyard near Hackberry, Montgomery County.

Sources: Information supplied by daughter, Mrs. Savannah B. Pruitte of Clarksville; Clarksville Daily Leaf-Chronicle, Jan. 27, 29, 1897; Feb. 3, 1899; Feb. 21, 1940; Clarksville Star, Oct. 14, 1927; Daily Star, May 1, 1939; Nashville Banner, Dec 9, 1898; Tenn. House Journal, 50th General Assembly, p. 361; Tenn. Vital Statistics, Death Certificate No. 4232.

Biographies submitted by Jill Hastings-Johnson, Montgomery County Archivist

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