Alfred Seawright Baggett

Early Life

Born in 1875 in Coweta County, he came to Douglas County with his parents in 1881. The homeplace was at the intersection of Interstate 20 and Chapel Hill Road.

Career

Alfred Seawright Baggett, in office from 1911 to 1932, holds the longest record as sheriff of Douglas County. He also holds the record for most election victories, since terms were formerly for two years instead of the present four years.

In sentencing convicted persons, Circuit Judge A. L. Bartlett is reported in newspaper accounts to have said, "To the Baggett House I commit you, and may the Lord have mercy on your soul." The jail at the present site of the Douglasville Police Department also served as the family’s home. Deputies included Luke Bartlett and W. T. Mozley.

Other Involvements

Baggett also served as Douglasville postmaster, chairman of the county Democratic Party and state revenue agent.

Family

Beginning his career as merchant in Douglasville, Seawright Baggett married Coburn Morris and became father of eight children:

  • Bill
  • Dan
  • Edwin
  • James
  • John
  • Julia House
  • Mary McKelvey
  • Virginia Morris

Death

Baggett died in 1959.