Born in 1941, James (Jimmy) Bagwell has lived his entire life in Plains, Georgia. He has served on the City Council since 1978 and served one term as mayor in the 1980’s.
He graduated from Plains High School in 1959, Georgia Southwestern College , 1961, and the University of Georgia in 1963. He received his Ph.D. in History in 1978 from the University of Southern Mississippi.
Dr. Bagwell taught History at Georgia Southwestern State University for 40 years, beginning in 1967. He is now Emeritus Professor of History. He has written one major book, entitled Rice Gold, concerning life on the Georgia coast during the antebellum days. He has also written several shorter works on Plains and collaborated with other authors on the publication of the History of Plains in 2003. Other published works include several book reviews written for the Georgia Historical Society. He has been keynote speaker at historical functions and organization meetings. Dr. Bagwell is a member of the Plains United Methodist Church where he has taught Sunday School for almost 40 years.
He and his wife, Cindy, have two children. Their son Brad and his wife, Betsy, have two sons, Brooks and William. Their daughter, Victoria and her husband, Travis, also have two sons, Max and Samuel.