DARRAGH, Archibald Bard, (1840 - 1927)


"Around the Capital" (detail), engraving, Thomas Fleming, 1902, Collection of U.S. House of Representatives

DARRAGH, Archibald Bard, a Representative from Michigan; born in La Salle Township, Monroe County, Mich., December 23, 1840; attended the common schools and a private academy in Monroe, Mich.; entered the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor in 1857 and pursued a classical course for two years; moved to Claiborne County, Miss., and became a teacher; returned to Michigan upon the outbreak of the Civil War; enlisted in Company H, Eighteenth Regiment, Michigan Volunteer Infantry, in 1862; commissioned second lieutenant, Company D, Ninth Regiment, Michigan Volunteer Cavalry, in 1863; promoted to first lieutenant in 1864 and captain in 1865; superintendent of the public schools of Jackson in 1867; reentered the University of Michigan and was graduated in 1868; moved to St. Louis, Gratiot County, Mich., in 1870 and engaged in banking; elected treasurer of Gratiot County in 1872; member of the State house of representatives in 1882 and 1883; mayor of St. Louis, Mich., in 1893; member of the board of control of the State asylum; elected as a Republican to the Fifty-seventh and to the three succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1901-March 3, 1909); was not a candidate for renomination in 1908; again engaged in banking; died in St. Louis, Mich., on February 21, 1927; interment in Oak Grove Cemetery.