Bagby, George William, born in Buckingham county, Virginia, August 13, 1828, died in Richmond, Virginia, November
29, 1883. He was educated at Edgehill School, Princeton, New Jersey, and at Delaware College, Newark. Delaware,
leaving the latter at the end of his sophomore year. Subsequently he studied medicine and was graduated at the
medical department of the University of Pennsylvania. In 1853 he became editor of the Lynchburg (Virginia) daily
"Express," and was for some time the Washington correspondent of the New Orleans "Crescent,"
Charleston "Mercury," and Richmond "DisPatch." From 1859 he was, until its suspension near
the end of the war, editor of the "Southern Literary Messenger," and at the same time associate editor
of the Richmond "Whig," and a frequent contributor to the "Southern Illustrated News." From
January 1, 1870, to July 1, 1878, he was state librarian of Virginia. He lectured frequently, and met with success
as a humorist in many parts of Virginia and Maryland. He was the author of many humorous articles published under
the pen name of "Mozis Addums." His sketches were collected and published by Mrs. Bagby, as "The
Writings of Dr. Bagby" (3 vols., Richmond, 1884-86).
Encyclopedia of Virginia Biography
By: Lyon Gardiner Tyler, LL. D.
Lewis Historical Publishing Company
New York 1915
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