James Grant Wilson and John Fiske, eds., "Bagby, George William," Appleton’s Cyclopaedia of American Biography (New York: Appleton & Co., 1888), 1: 135.
BAGBY, George William, author, b. in Buckingham со., Va., 13 Aug., 1828 ; d. in Richmond, Va., 29 Nov., 1883. He was educated at Edgehill school, Princeton. N. J., and at Delaware college. Newark, Del., 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 (Va.) 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 1 Jan., 1870. to 1 July, 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 ".