The Political Graveyard: A Database of American History
U.S. District Court in Arkansas

U.S. District Judges for Arkansas, 1836-1966 (may be incomplete!)
Benjamin Johnson 1836-49 Daniel Ringo 1844-61 Oren Harris 1966

Officeholding Events (may be incomplete!)

  • 1849 Oct 2: Benjamin Johnson, died in office.

    U.S. District Judges for the Eastern District of Arkansas, 1864-2017 (may be incomplete!)
    Henry Clay Caldwell 1864-90 Jacob Trieber 1900-27 John E. Martineau 1928-37 Thomas Clark Trimble III 1937-57 Harry Jacob Lemley 1939-58 J. Smith Henley 1958-59 J. Smith Henley 1959-75 Gordon Elmo Young 1959-69 Terry Lee Shell 1975-78 Richard S. Arnold 1978-80 William Ray Overton 1979-87 George Howard, Jr. 1980-2007 Stephen M. Reasoner 1988-2002 James Maxwell Moody 1995-2008 Brian Stacy Miller 2008- Denzil Price Marshall, Jr. 2010- Kristine Gerhard Baker 2012- James Maxwell Moody, Jr. 2014-

    Officeholding Events (may be incomplete!)

  • 1927 Sep 17: Jacob Trieber, died in office.
  • 1937 Mar 6: John E. Martineau, died in office.
  • 1957 Jan 14: Thomas Clark Trimble III, took senior status.
  • 1958 Sep 5: Harry Jacob Lemley, took senior status.
  • 1969 Aug 20: Gordon Elmo Young, died in office.
  • 1978 Jun 25: Terry Lee Shell, died in office.
  • 1987 Jul 14: William Ray Overton, died in office.
  • 2002 Sep 19: Stephen M. Reasoner, took senior status.
  • 2007 Apr 21: George Howard, Jr., died in office.
  • 2008 Oct 1: James Maxwell Moody, took senior status.

    U.S. District Judges for the Western District of Arkansas, 1864-2017 (may be incomplete!)
    Henry Clay Caldwell 1864-71 William Story 1871-74 Isaac C. Parker 1875-96 H. Heartsill Ragon 1933-40 Harry Jacob Lemley 1939-58 John E. Miller 1941-67 J. Smith Henley 1959-75 Terry Lee Shell 1975-78 Richard S. Arnold 1978-80 George Howard, Jr. 1980-90 H. Franklin Waters 1981-97 Morris S. Arnold 1985-92 Harry F. Barnes 1993- Robert Toombs Dawson 1998-2009 Timothy Lloyd Brooks 2014-

    Officeholding Events (may be incomplete!)

  • 1874 Jun 17: William Story, resigned.
  • 1940 Sep 15: H. Heartsill Ragon, died in office.
  • 1958 Sep 5: Harry Jacob Lemley, took senior status.
  • 1967 Feb 28: John E. Miller, took senior status.
  • 1978 Jun 25: Terry Lee Shell, died in office.
  • 1997 Aug 1: H. Franklin Waters, took senior status.
  • 2009 Aug 14: Robert Toombs Dawson, took senior status.
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