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Floyd C. Bagley
Member of the Virginia House of Delegates
In office
January 14, 1976 – January 7, 1986
Preceded by Stanley A. Owens
Succeeded by John A. Rollinson III
Personal details
Born March 20, 1922
Gardiner, Maine, U.S.
Died December 5, 2002
Fredericksburg, Virginia, U.S.
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Beverley Victoria Sularz
Children Barbara B. Ely, Beverly B. Dunn
Alma mater American University
Washington College of Law
Religion Methodist

Floyd Caldwell Bagley (March 20, 1922 – December 5, 2002) was a U.S. Marine, as well as a lawyer and Democratic politician who served as town attorney for Dumfries, Virginia and later, part-time, five terms in the Virginia General Assembly representing Prince William County, Virginia, although his district's configuration and number changed during his tenure.[1][2][3]

Early and family life[]

Born in Gardiner, Maine, Bagby attended American University and received an LLB degree from its Washington College of Law.

He married Beverley Victoria Sularz (1916-2012), and they had two daughters and a son (Floyd Almer Bagley II, nicknamed "Spud" who died in 1970).

Military and legal career[]

Bagley volunteered to serve in the U.S. Marine Corps as World War II began, and served twenty years, retiring in 1959 after the Korean War from a posting at headquarters. He attended American University's Washington College of Law.

After 11 years as a civilian, Bagley re-enlisted around the time of his son Spud's death. Bagley served from 1970 until 1972 as a judge advocate general (military judge) at Quantico Marine Base. After his final retirement (with the rank of Captain), Bagley remained active in the American Legion, Forty and Eight (an elite group within the American Legion),[4] Veterans of Foreign Wars and Marine Corps League, as well as a judge advocate with the Virginia American Legion, 3rd Marine Division Association and National Sojourners.

For six of the eleven years between Bagley's service as a Marine Corps attorney and as a military judge, he was town attorney for Dumfries, Virginia. He helped organize the Local Government Attorneys of Virginia association (and served as its director), and was active in the Virginia Bar Association, Prince William Bar Association and Delta Theta Phi law fraternity. He also owned the "Potomac News" for a time[5] and led the Eastern Prince William Chamber of Commerce for a term. Other memberships included Masons (Alexandria Scottish Rite) and Acca Temple Shrine.

Political career[]

Bagley was active in his local county Democratic party, as well as that for the 8th Congressional district. Upon retiring as a military judge, he was elected county attorney for Prince William County, Virginia, and served from 1972-1976.

After major redistricting following the 1970 census, all three of the delegates representing Prince William County changed in the 1975 election, as the district now designated the 41st linked Loudoun County with the cities of Manassas and Manassas Park in Prince William County. Bagley, Earl E. Bell and David G. Brinkley were elected to replace Stanley A. Owens, William R. Murphy and Kenneth B. Rollins .[6][7] Bagley established a private legal practice served part-time position as a legislature until defeated by Republican Jack Rollinson in 1985. Following the 1980 census, the three-man delegation from Prince William County was split into individual districts. Thus Bagley, Brinkley and Harry J. Parrish were jointly elected from District 23 in the 1981 election, but Bagley won re-election in 1983 from District 52.

During his legislative tenure, Bagley chaired the State Commission on Veterans Affairs, which funded creation of a veterans home in Roanoke, as well as (like his predecessor Stanley Owens) served on the Dulles International Airport Development Commission. He was involved in two controversies. In 1980, he was accused of creating an additional judgeship in Prince William County in hopes that his fellow legislators would select him to fill it, as did not happen.[8] Also, in 1982, Bagley authored a bill which the legislature passed but governor Charles Robb refused to sign as contrary to the First Amendment until its new criminal libel provision was removed. That would have criminalized intentional circulation of false written statements in an election campaign.[9] Bagley was defeated for re-election in 1985. He attempted to regain his seat as an independent but lost, and also ran but was not elected chairman of the Prince William County Board of Supervisors.


Bagley suffered from dementia in his final years. He died at a Fredericksburg, Virginia nursing home on December 5, 2002, survived by his widow and two daughters. He is buried at Arlington National Cemetery, as is his son, Floyd A. Bagley II (1953-1970).[10]


  1. Washington Post obituary available at!topic/alt.obituaries/-9TG9v-JvGg
  2. "Welcome to the Virginia House of Delegates". Retrieved 10 May 2017. 
  3. Clerk of the House of Delegates, The General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Virginia 1982-1995 (Richmond, 1996) at p. 141
  4. "The Forty and Eight - History of the 40&8". Retrieved 10 May 2017. 
  5. Weekly, Virginia Lawyers. "Floyd Bagley – Virginia Lawyers Weekly". Retrieved 10 May 2017. 
  6. "Search Results". Retrieved 10 May 2017. 
  7. Cynthia Miller Leonard (ed.) General Assembly of Virginia July 30, 1619-January 11, 1978: A Bicentennial Register of Members (Richmond, 1978)
  8. Bauer, Pat; Bauer, Pat (1 March 1980). "Va. Delegate Allegedly Plots Judgeship Deal". Retrieved 10 May 2017. 
  9. LaFraniere, Sharon; LaFraniere, Sharon (3 March 1985). "Left Out in Virginia Assembly". Retrieved 10 May 2017. 
  10. Patterson, Michael Robert. "Floyd Caldwell Bagley, Captain, United States Marine Corps". Retrieved 10 May 2017. 
Unrecognised parameter
Preceded by
Stanley A. Owens
Virginia Delegate for Prince William County
Succeeded by
John A. Rollinson III

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