Smith Bagley

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Smith W. Bagley (died in 2010) was "the President of the Arca Foundation and has been a Trustee of the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation since 1959. Both of these foundations owe their fortunes to Smith Bagley's grandfather, Richard Joshua Reynolds, Sr., founder of the R. J. Reynolds Tobacco Company. Smith Bagley is also the former National Finance Vice-Chairman for the Democratic National Committee." [1]

"The grandson and an heir of R.J. Reynolds, the tobacco tycoon, Bagley early on committed himself to advancing racial civil rights, promoting liberal Democratic Party candidates, promoting global human rights, ending the US-Cuba embargo, and helping to create a climate of sensible justice and fairness inside the United States that focused on helping those with little sustain themselves and promulgating policies that sought to reverse the erosion of the American middle class.

"When Jimmy Carter was elected President of the United States in 1976, Bagley offered his family estate to Carter to assemble his likely cabinet and closest advisers before formally assuming office in January 1977." [2]

He is married to Elizabeth Bagley.

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  1. Smith Bagley, Discover the Networks, accessed September 22, 2008.
  2. Losing Smith Bagley, thewashingtonnote, accessed April 20, 2010.