Smith Bagley, Tar Heel in absentia


Death noted: Smith Bagley, Reynolds tobacco heir and Democratic Party fundraiser, at age 74 in Bethesda, Md., after a stroke. Though born in Manhattan, reared in Greenwich, Conn., and educated at Washington & Lee, Bagley considered himself sufficiently rooted in North Carolina to run for Congress in the Fifth District in both 1966 and 1968.


Pictured: Pinback buttons from the collection for Bagley’s campaigns. Does anybody know which years they represent?

One thought on “Smith Bagley, Tar Heel in absentia”

  1. I don’t know anything about the Bagley buttons. However, I have a “Vote Bagley 5th District-Congress” plastic thimble. I was going to throw it away but I wondered if anyone cared to have it, either for sentimental (maybe family) reasons or otherwise.

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