Mar. 22, 2018–David Bagwell / “The Story of Alabama Train Robber Rube Burrow”

Mar. 22, 2018–David Bagwell / “The Story of Alabama Train Robber Rube Burrow”


David Bagwell was President of this Club a quarter century ago in 1992-93, and was later an assistant district governor. He is now a member of the Point Clear Club.

David graduated from Vanderbilt where he and Win Hallett were fellow SAEs but David got elected president of the chapter and Win didn’t. After Vanderbilt David traveled around the world for a year on a Corning Traveling Fellowship, studying international business in Asia, the Middle East, and Europe.

Immediately after his return he went to Army boot camp at Ft. Polk, Louisiana, in July and August, where the Army taught him everything he needed to know to be a lawyer: how to type and how to bayonet people. Thus properly prepared, he graduated second in his law class at Alabama, behind some guy who became a tax lawyer in Miami and likely got rich.

David was a lawyer and a judge for 43 years in Mobile and Fairhope, in two big firms, and one medium firm, and finally alone at the end, which was the only time he liked all of his partners. He did mostly antitrust and admiralty work, and complicated civil cases. He wrote about 25 boring technical legal articles, and a fair number of more interesting articles on local history. He was active in his church and in the community.

David has lived for a quarter century on Mobile Bay at Point Clear, from which he loves to fish and to hunt birds of various sizes. He and his wife Julie have three grown children — their daughter Maggie Lacey is editor of Mobile Bay Magazine — and eight grandchildren.