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Arkansas: U.S. Senators


U.S. Senators from Arkansas, 1836-2018 (May be incomplete!)
William S. Fulton 1836-44 Ambrose H. Sevier 1836-48 Chester Ashley 1844-48 Solon Borland 1848-53 William K. Sebastian 1848-61 Robert W. Johnson 1853-61 Charles B. Mitchel 1861 Alexander McDonald 1868-71 Benjamin Franklin Rice 1868-73 Powell Clayton 1871-77 Stephen W. Dorsey 1873-79 Augustus H. Garland 1877-85 James D. Walker 1879-85 James K. Jones 1885-1903 James H. Berry 1885-1907 James P. Clarke 1903-16 Jeff Davis 1907-13 John Netherland Heiskell 1913 William Marmaduke Kavanaugh 1913 Joseph T. Robinson 1913-37 William F. Kirby 1916-21 Thaddeus H. Caraway 1921-31 Hattie W. Caraway 1931-45 John E. Miller 1937-41 George Lloyd Spencer 1941-43 John L. McClellan 1943-77 J. William Fulbright 1945-74 Dale Bumpers 1975-99 Kaneaster Hodges, Jr. 1977-79 David H. Pryor 1979-97 Tim Hutchinson 1997-2003 Blanche Lambert Lincoln 1999-2011 Mark Pryor 2003- John Boozman 2011- Tom Cotton 2015-

Events and Candidates (may be incomplete!)

  • 1844 Aug 15: William S. Fulton, died in office.
  • 1848 Mar 15: Ambrose H. Sevier, resigned.
  • 1848 Apr 29: Chester Ashley, died in office.
  • 1913 Jan 3: Jeff Davis, died in office.
  • 1914 Nov 3: James P. Clarke (Dem), elected; Harry H. Myers (Rep), defeated.
  • 1916 Oct 1: James P. Clarke, died in office.
  • 1916 Nov 7: William F. Kirby (Dem), elected; H. L. Remmel (Rep), defeated.
  • 1918: Stephen Brundidge, Jr. (Dem), defeated in primary.
  • 1918 Nov 5: Joseph T. Robinson (Dem), elected unopposed.
  • 1920 Nov 2: Thaddeus H. Caraway (Dem), elected; Charles F. Cole (Rep), defeated.
  • 1924 Nov 4: Joseph T. Robinson (Dem), elected; Charles F. Cole (Rep), defeated.
  • 1926 Nov 2: Thaddeus H. Caraway (Dem), elected; Robert A. Jones (Rep), defeated.
  • 1930 Nov 4: Joseph T. Robinson (Dem), elected unopposed.
  • 1931 Nov 6: Thaddeus H. Caraway, died in office.
  • 1932 Jan 12: Hattie W. Caraway (Dem), elected; Rex Floyd (Ind), defeated; Sam D. Carson, defeated.
  • 1932 Nov 8: Hattie W. Caraway (Dem), elected; John W. White (Rep), defeated.
  • 1936: Thornesberry A. Gray (Dem), defeated in primary.
  • 1936 Nov 3: Joseph T. Robinson (Dem), elected; G. C. Ledbetter (Rep), defeated; Claude C. Williams (Socialist), defeated.
  • 1937 Jul 14: Joseph T. Robinson, died in office.
  • 1937 Oct 18: John E. Miller (Ind), elected; Carl E. Bailey (Dem), defeated.
  • 1938 Nov 8: Hattie W. Caraway (Dem), elected; C. T. Atkinson (Rep), defeated.
  • 1942: Clyde T. Ellis, defeated for nomination; David D. Terry, defeated for nomination.
  • 1942 Nov 3: John L. McClellan (Dem), elected unopposed.
  • 1944: Thomas H. Barton (Dem), defeated in primary.
  • 1944 Jul 25: Homer M. Adkins (Dem), advanced to runoff.
  • 1944 Aug 8: Homer M. Adkins (Dem), defeated in primary.
  • 1944 Nov 7: J. William Fulbright (Dem), elected; Victor M. Wade (Rep), defeated.
  • 1948 Nov 2: John L. McClellan (Dem), elected; R. Walter Tucker (Ind), defeated.
  • 1950 Nov 7: J. William Fulbright (Dem), elected unopposed.
  • 1954: Sid McMath (Dem), defeated in primary.
  • 1954 Nov 2: John L. McClellan (Dem), elected unopposed.
  • 1956 Nov 6: J. William Fulbright (Dem), elected; Ben C. Henley (Rep), defeated.
  • 1960 Nov 8: John L. McClellan (Dem), elected; Marvin Fuchs (Ind), defeated.
  • 1962 Nov 6: J. William Fulbright (Dem), elected; Kenneth Jones (Rep), defeated.
  • 1966 Nov 8: John L. McClellan (Dem), elected unopposed.
  • 1968: James D. Johnson (Dem), defeated in primary.
  • 1968 Nov 5: J. William Fulbright (Dem), elected; Charles T. Bernard (Rep), defeated.
  • 1972: David H. Pryor (Dem), defeated in primary.
  • 1972 Nov 7: John L. McClellan (Dem), elected; Wayne H. Babbitt (Rep), defeated.
  • 1974 Nov 5: Dale Bumpers (Dem), elected; John Harris Jones (Rep), defeated.
  • 1974 Dec 31: J. William Fulbright, resigned.
  • 1977 Nov 28: John L. McClellan, died in office.
  • 1977 Dec 10: Kaneaster Hodges, Jr., appointed.
  • 1978: Jim Guy Tucker, Jr., defeated for nomination.
  • 1978: Ray Thornton (Dem), defeated in primary.
  • 1978 Nov 7: David H. Pryor (Dem), elected; Thomas Kelly (Rep), defeated; John G. Black (Ind), defeated.
  • 1980 Nov 4: Dale Bumpers (Dem), elected; William Clark (Rep), defeated; Walter McCarty (Ind), defeated.
  • 1984 Nov 6: David H. Pryor (Dem), elected; Ed Bethune (Rep), defeated.
  • 1986 Nov 4: Dale Bumpers (Dem), elected; W. Asa Hutchinson (Rep), defeated.
  • 1990 Nov 6: David H. Pryor (Dem), elected; Betty White, defeated.
  • 1992 Nov 3: Dale Bumpers (Dem), elected; Mike Huckabee (Rep), defeated.
  • 1996 Nov 5: Tim Hutchinson (Rep), elected; Winston Bryant (Dem), defeated.
  • 1998 May 19: Blanche Lambert Lincoln (Dem), advanced to runoff; Winston Bryant (Dem), advanced to runoff; Scott Ferguson (Dem), defeated in primary; Nate Coulter (Dem), defeated in primary.
  • 1998 May 19: Fay Boozman (Rep), nominated; Thomas A. Prince (Rep), defeated in primary.
  • 1998 Jun 9: Blanche Lambert Lincoln (Dem), nominated; Winston Bryant (Dem), defeated in primary.
  • 1998 Nov 3: Blanche Lambert Lincoln (Dem), elected; Fay Boozman (Rep), defeated; Charley E. Heffley (Reform), defeated.
  • 2002 May 21: Jim Bob Duggar (Rep), defeated in primary.
  • 2002 Nov 5: Mark Pryor (Dem), elected; Tim Hutchinson (Rep), defeated.
  • 2004 Nov 2: Blanche Lambert Lincoln (Dem), elected; Jim Holt (Rep), defeated; Glen A. Schwarz, defeated; Gene Mason, defeated.
  • 2010 Nov 2: Blanche Lambert Lincoln (Dem), defeated; John Boozman (Rep), elected.
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