Thomas Bragg

Thomas Bragg
2nd Confederate States Attorney General
In office
November 21, 1861  March 18, 1862
President Jefferson Davis
Preceded by Wade Keyes (Acting)
Succeeded by Thomas Watts
United States Senator
from North Carolina
In office
March 4, 1859  March 8, 1861
Preceded by David Reid
Succeeded by Joseph Abbott
34th Governor of North Carolina
In office
January 1, 1855  January 1, 1859
Preceded by Warren Winslow
Succeeded by John Ellis
Member of the North Carolina House of Commons
In office
Personal details
Born (1810-11-09)November 9, 1810
Warrenton, North Carolina, US
Died January 21, 1872(1872-01-21) (aged 61)
Raleigh, North Carolina, US
Political party Democratic
Alma mater Norwich University
Religion Christian

Thomas Bragg (November 9, 1810  January 21, 1872) was a 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, 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. 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.[1] He was interred in Oakwood Cemetery in Raleigh, North Carolina.[2][3]

His home at Jackson, the Amis-Bragg House, was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2003.[4]


  2. "Thomas Bragg". Find a Grave. Retrieved 2011-08-13.
  3. United States Congress. "Thomas Bragg (id: B000759)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
  4. National Park Service (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.


Political offices
Preceded by
Warren Winslow
Governor of North Carolina
Succeeded by
John Ellis
United States Senate
Preceded by
David Reid
United States Senator (Class 2) from North Carolina
Served alongside: Jackson Morton, David Yulee
Succeeded by
Joseph Abbott(1)
Legal offices
Preceded by
Wade Keyes
Confederate States Attorney General
Succeeded by
Thomas Watts
Notes and references
1. Because of North Carolina's secession, the Senate seat was vacant for seven years before Abbott succeeded Bragg.
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