Edmund Strother Dargan

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Edmund Strother Dargan
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Alabama's 1st district
In office
March 4, 1845 – March 3, 1847
Preceded by James Dellet
Succeeded by John Gayle
Member of the Alabama Senate
In office
Personal details
Born Edmund Strother Dargan
(1805-04-15)April 15, 1805
Wadesboro, North Carolina
Died November 22, 1879(1879-11-22) (aged 74)
Mobile, Alabama
Political party Democratic

Edmund Strother Dargan (April 15, 1805 – November 22, 1879) was a U.S. Representative from Alabama, and then a representative to the Confederate States Congress during the American Civil War.

Son of William & Frances Dargan, he was born near Wadesboro, North Carolina, Dargan pursued preparatory studies at home. He then studied law and was admitted to the bar in Wadesboro in 1829. Later, he moved to Washington, Alabama, where he commenced the practice of law and was for several years a Justice of the Peace. He moved to Montgomery in 1833 and to Mobile in 1841. He served as judge of the circuit court, Mobile district, in 1841 and 1842. He served in the Alabama State Senate in 1844 and was the mayor of Mobile in 1844.

Dargan was elected as a Democrat to the Twenty-ninth Congress (March 4, 1845 – March 3, 1847). He did not seek renomination in 1846.

He subsequently served as associate justice of the State supreme court in 1847, and in 1849 became chief justice.He resigned in December 1852 and resumed the practice of law. Dargan served as delegate to a called state convention in 1861, where he delivered a speech calling for Alabama to formally secede from the United States.[1]

During the Civil War, he served as member of the first Confederate States House of Representatives. After the war, he resumed the practice of law in Mobile, Alabama, and died there on November 22, 1879. He was interred in Magnolia Cemetery.


  1. ^ Dargan, E. S. (January 11, 1861) "Speech of E. S. Dargan in the Convention of Alabama" - accessed January 11, 2016

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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
James Dellet
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Alabama's 1st congressional district

Succeeded by
John Gayle