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Thomas Bragg

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Thomas Bragg
2nd Confederate States Attorney General
In office
November 21, 1861 – March 18, 1862
PresidentJefferson Davis
Preceded byWade Keyes (Acting)
Succeeded byThomas Watts
United States Senator
from North Carolina
In office
March 4, 1859 – March 8, 1861
Preceded byDavid Reid
Succeeded byJoseph Abbott (1868)
34th Governor of North Carolina
In office
January 1, 1855 – January 1, 1859
Preceded byWarren Winslow
Succeeded byJohn Ellis
Member of the North Carolina House of Commons
In office
Personal details
Born(1810-11-09)November 9, 1810
Warrenton, North Carolina, U.S.
DiedJanuary 21, 1872(1872-01-21) (aged 61)
Raleigh, North Carolina, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
EducationNorwich University

Thomas Bragg (November 9, 1810 – January 21, 1872) was an American politician and lawyer who served as the 34th Governor of the U.S. state of North Carolina from 1855 through 1859. During the Civil War, he served in the Confederate States Cabinet. He was the older brother of General Braxton Bragg. They were direct descendants of Thomas Bragg (1579–1665) who was born in England and settled in the Virginia Colony.

Born in Warrenton, North Carolina, to a middle-class, slaveowning family,[1] Bragg attended Warrenton Academy and later graduated from Captain Partridge’s American Literary, Scientific & Military Academy (now known as Norwich University – The Military College of Vermont). He was admitted to the bar in 1833 and commenced practice in Jackson, North Carolina. He was a member of the North Carolina General Assembly from 1842 to 1843 and became the prosecuting attorney for Northampton County. He successfully ran for governor of North Carolina and served from 1855 to 1859. He then took a seat in the United States Senate, serving from 1859 until the start of the Civil War in 1861. He served as chairman of the Committee on Claims in the thirty-sixth congress. He resigned and was expelled for siding with the Confederacy. Confederate President Jefferson Davis appointed Bragg Attorney General of the Confederate States; he served from 1861 until his resignation in 1862. In 1870, Bragg served as special counsel in the impeachment proceedings of Governor William Woods Holden, related to the latter's efforts to curb the influence of the Ku Klux Klan in Reconstruction-era North Carolina.[2] He continued to practice law until his death in 1872, and was also chairman of the central executive committee of the North Carolina Democratic Party (then called the Democratic-Conservative Party) as of 1870.[3] He was interred in Oakwood Cemetery in Raleigh, North Carolina.[4]

His home at Jackson, the Amis-Bragg House, was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2003.[5]

See also



  1. ^ National Register of Historic Places Registration Form, Amis-Bragg House (PDF). United States Department of the Interior. 2003. pp. 4–7.
  2. ^ Young, Lowell Thomas (1965). The impeachment and trial of Governor William W. Holden 1870-1871 (PDF). University of North Carolina at Greensboro.
  3. ^ "Democratic-Conservative Party. North Carolina Executive Committee. Address of the Central Executive Committee". docsouth.unc.edu.
  4. ^ United States Congress. "Thomas Bragg (id: B000759)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
  5. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. July 9, 2010.


  • Patrick, Rembert W. (1944). Jefferson Davis and His Cabinet. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press. pp. 298–302.
Party political offices
Preceded by Democratic nominee for Governor of North Carolina
1854, 1856
Succeeded by
Political offices
Preceded by Governor of North Carolina
Succeeded by
U.S. Senate
Preceded by United States Senator (Class 2) from North Carolina
Served alongside: Thomas Lanier Clingman
Title next held by
Joseph Carter Abbott
Preceded by Chair of the Senate Claims Committee
Succeeded by
Legal offices
Preceded by Confederate States Attorney General
Succeeded by