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Politicians in Trouble or Disgrace: Arkansas

in chronological order

  Albert Lewis Stuart (1819-1876) — also known as Albert L. Stuart — Born in Connecticut, June 25, 1819. Lawyer; member of Arkansas state house of representatives, 1850-51. Methodist. During an election dispute in Gainsville, Ark., in the early 1850s, he shot and killed Riley Vaughn; charged with murder, tried, and acquitted. Died in Powell Township, Craighead County, Ark., March 16, 1876 (age 56 years, 265 days). Interment at Woods Chapel Methodist Church Cemetery, Paragould, Ark.
  Relatives: Great-grandson of Marlin Stuart (pro baseball player).
  Charles Burton Mitchel (1815-1864) — also known as Charles B. Mitchel — of Arkansas. Born in Gallatin, Sumner County, Tenn., September 19, 1815. Democrat. Member of Arkansas state legislature, 1848; candidate for U.S. Representative from Arkansas, 1860; U.S. Senator from Arkansas, 1861; Senator from Arkansas in the Confederate Congress, 1862-64; died in office 1864. When the Civil War began, he left Washington but did not resign his seat in the Senate; one of ten Southern senators expelled in absentia on July 11, 1861. Died in Little Rock, Pulaski County, Ark., September 20, 1864 (age 49 years, 1 days). Interment at Presbyterian Cemetery, Washington, Ark.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Wikipedia article
  William King Sebastian (1812-1865) — also known as William K. Sebastian — of Helena (now part of Helena-West Helena), Phillips County, Ark. Born in Tennessee, 1812. Democrat. Lawyer; member of Arkansas state legislature, 1840; U.S. Senator from Arkansas, 1848-61. When the Civil War began, he left Washington but did not resign his seat in the Senate; one of ten Southern senators expelled in absentia on July 11, 1861. Did not participate in the Confederacy during the war; his expulsion from the Senate was posthumously revoked in 1877. Died in 1865 (age about 53 years). Interment in private or family graveyard.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Wikipedia article
  Eccles G. Van Riper (b. 1841) — of Evansville, Vanderburgh County, Ind. Born in New York, New York County, N.Y., October 4, 1841. Democrat. Mayor of Evansville, Ind., 1870. In 1862, while traveling on business in Arkansas, was captured by the Confederate Army and charged with being a spy; tried before a military court in Little Rock and sentenced to death; reprieved by the arrival of a new military commander, but imprisoned until the end of the war. Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son-in-law of James Garrard Jones (1814-1872).
  John Jones Pettus (1813-1867) — of Mississippi. Born October 9, 1813. Governor of Mississippi, 1854, 1859-63. After the Civil War, amnesty was refused to him, and he became a fugitive; the manhunt continued until his death in Pulaski County, Ark., in early 1867 (age about 53 years). Original interment in private or family graveyard; reinterment at Flat Bayou Burial Ground, Near Wabbaseka, Jefferson County, Ark.
  Relatives: Brother of Edmund Winston Pettus (1821-1907).
  Stephen Wallace Dorsey (1842-1916) — also known as Stephen W. Dorsey — of Helena (now part of Helena-West Helena), Phillips County, Ark.; Little Rock, Pulaski County, Ark.; Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, Calif. Born in Benson, Rutland County, Vt., February 28, 1842. Republican. U.S. Senator from Arkansas, 1873-79; delegate to Republican National Convention from Arkansas, 1876, 1880. Indicted in 1881 for his participation in the Star Route frauds against the U.S. Post Office Department; tried twice in 1882-83 and ultimately acquitted. Died March 20, 1916 (age 74 years, 21 days). Interment at Fairmount Cemetery, Denver, Colo.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Wikipedia article — Find-A-Grave memorial
  Bert McMullin — of Yell County, Ark. Member of Arkansas state senate, 1897. Arrested on May 15, 1897, after he shot at and barely missed J. N. Smithee, editor of the Arkansas Gazette, who refused to apologize for critical editorials. Burial location unknown.
Jeff Davis Jefferson Davis (1862-1913) — also known as Jeff Davis — of Little Rock, Pulaski County, Ark. Born in Little River County, Ark., May 6, 1862. Democrat. Arkansas state attorney general, 1899-1901; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Arkansas, 1900, 1904, 1912; Governor of Arkansas, 1901-07; U.S. Senator from Arkansas, 1907-13; died in office 1913; in December 1907, it was disclosed that he had hired his own daughters for two positions on his Senate staff; the scandal discredited him and ended his influence in the Senate. Died, from apoplexy, in Little Rock, Pulaski County, Ark., January 3, 1913 (age 50 years, 242 days). Interment at Mt. Holly Cemetery, Little Rock, Ark.
  Presumably named for: Jefferson Davis
  Relatives: Son of Lewis W. Davis and Mary Davis; married 1882 to Ina McKenzie; married 1911 to Leila Carter.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Wikipedia article — Find-A-Grave memorial
  Image source: American Monthly Review of Reviews, November 1902
  Samuel Crockett Sims — of Hazen, Prairie County, Ark. Member of Arkansas state senate 12th District, 1915-17; expelled 1917. In January, 1917, when Anti-Trading Stamp and Coupon bills were pending before his committee, he accepted a bribe to kill the bills, from a detective posing as a lobbyist for Eastern trading-stamp interests; arrested, charged with bribery, and later convicted; expelled from the Senate on a vote of 25 to 8. Burial location unknown.
  Ivison C. Burgess — of Russellville, Pope County, Ark. Member of Arkansas state senate 4th District, 1915-17; expelled 1917. In January, 1917, after he introduced legislation to regulate trading stamps and coupons, he accepted a bribe to kill the bills, from a detective posing as a lobbyist for Eastern trading-stamp interests; arrested, charged with bribery, and later convicted; expelled from the Senate on a vote of 25 to 8. Burial location unknown.
  Harvey Parnell (1880-1936) — of Dermott, Chicot County, Ark. Born near Orlando, Cleveland County, Ark., February 28, 1880. Democrat. Member of Arkansas state house of representatives, 1919-22; member of Arkansas state senate, 1923-26; Lieutenant Governor of Arkansas, 1927-28; Governor of Arkansas, 1928-33. Southern Methodist. Member, Freemasons. In 1928, he was charged with violating the Corrupt Practices Act (early campaign finance law) by spending more than $5,000 on his campaign; the charges were later dropped. Died, following two heart attacks, in St. Vincent's Infirmary, Little Rock, Pulaski County, Ark., January 16, 1936 (age 55 years, 322 days). Interment at Roselawn Memorial Park, Little Rock, Ark.
  Cross-reference: Lamar Williamson
  See also Wikipedia article — NNDB dossier — Find-A-Grave memorial
  Bruce Bennett — Arkansas state attorney general, 1957; indicted in 1969 on fraud and conspiracy charges over his relationship with the bankrupt Arkansas Loan and Thrift Corporation. Still living as of 1969.
Guy H. Jones Guy Hamilton Jones, Sr. (1911-1986) — also known as Guy H. Jones, Sr.; Mutt Jones — of Conway, Faulkner County, Ark. Born in Faulkner County, Ark., June 29, 1911. Democrat. School teacher; served in the U.S. Army during World War II; lawyer; member of Arkansas state senate, 1952-60, 1964-74; expelled 1974; candidate in primary for Governor of Arkansas, 1954. As a state senator, he was instrumental in locating many state agencies in Faulkner County. Convicted in December 1972 on federal tax charges; fined $5,000 and sentenced to three years probation; expelled from the senate in 1974. Suffered heart attacks and a stroke, and subsequently died, in Conway, Faulkner County, Ark., August 10, 1986 (age 75 years, 42 days). Interment at Oak Grove Cemetery, Conway, Ark.
  Relatives: Son of Charles C. Jones and Cora (Henry) Jones; married 1947 to Elizabeth Relya (1916-2003).
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  Image source: Campaign palm card (1972)
  Wilbur Daigh Mills (1909-1992) — also known as Wilbur D. Mills — of Kensett, White County, Ark. Born in Kensett, White County, Ark., May 24, 1909. Democrat. State court judge in Arkansas, 1934-38; U.S. Representative from Arkansas 2nd District, 1939-77; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Arkansas, 1940, 1956; candidate for Democratic nomination for President, 1972. Methodist. Member, Freemasons. In October 1974, he was driving late at night in Washington, D.C. without lights on; when stopped by police, he was seen to be intoxicated and his face was bloody from a scuffle; an Argentine striptease artist named Fanne Fox leaped from his car and jumped into the nearby Tidal Basin; after this incident highlighted his alcoholism, he was forced to resign his powerful chairmanship of the Ways and Means Committee and seek treatment. Died in 1992 (age about 83 years). Interment at Kensett Cemetery, Kensett, Ark.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page
  Webster Lee Hubbell (born c.1949) — also known as Webster L. Hubbell — of Little Rock, Pulaski County, Ark. Born about 1949. Lawyer; mayor of Little Rock, Ark., 1979-81; resigned 1981; chief justice of Arkansas state supreme court, 1983. Pleaded guilty in December 1994 to federal mail fraud and tax evasion charges connection with his handling of billing at the Rose Law Firm; sentenced in 1995 to 21 months imprisonment; indicted in 1998 on additional federal tax evasion and conspiracy charges; pleaded guilty to one charge pending judicial review; following a Supreme Court ruling in his favor, the indictment was dismissed in October, 2000. Still living as of 2003.
  William James McCuen (c.1943-2000) — also known as Bill McCuen — of Hot Springs, Garland County, Ark.; Heber Springs, Cleburne County, Ark. Born in Fort Smith, Sebastian County, Ark., about 1943. Democrat. School teacher; Arkansas land commissioner, 1981-85; secretary of state of Arkansas, 1985-94; defeated in primary, 1994; candidate for U.S. Representative from Arkansas 4th District, 1992. After leaving office as Secretary of State, he admitted accepting kickbacks from two supporters he gave jobs, and not paying taxes on the money. He also admitted to conspiring with a political consultant to split $53,560 embezzled from the state in a sham transaction. He was indicted on corruption charges in 1995. On January 5, 1996, he pleaded guilty to felony counts of tax evasion and accepting a kickback; he pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor count of trading in public office. Sentenced to 17 years in prison, and fined. Released on parole (due to illness) in February 1999. Died of colon cancer and a stroke, in Heber Springs, Cleburne County, Ark., September 9, 2000 (age about 57 years). Interment somewhere in Van Buren, Ark.
  James Guy Tucker, Jr. (b. 1943) — also known as Jim Guy Tucker, Jr. — of Arkansas. Born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma County, Okla., June 13, 1943. Democrat. Arkansas state attorney general, 1973-77; U.S. Representative from Arkansas 2nd District, 1977-79; candidate for U.S. Senator from Arkansas, 1978; Lieutenant Governor of Arkansas, 1991-92; Governor of Arkansas, 1992-96. Presbyterian. Resigned in July 1996 after his conviction on federal charges brought by independent counsel Kenneth Starr. Still living as of 2014.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — NNDB dossier
  William Jefferson Clinton (b. 1946) — also known as Bill Clinton; William Jefferson Blythe IV; "Slick Willie"; "Bubba"; "Elvis"; "Eagle"; "The Big Dog" — of Arkansas; Chappaqua, Westchester County, N.Y. Born in Hope, Hempstead County, Ark., August 19, 1946. Democrat. Rhodes scholar; candidate for U.S. Representative from Arkansas 3rd District, 1974; Arkansas state attorney general, 1977-79; Governor of Arkansas, 1979-81, 1983-92; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Arkansas, 1996, 2000; speaker, 1984, 1988; President of the United States, 1993-2001; delegate to Democratic National Convention from New York, 2004, 2008. Baptist. Member, Trilateral Commission; Council on Foreign Relations; Phi Beta Kappa; Pi Sigma Alpha; Phi Alpha Delta; American Bar Association. On October 29, 1994, Francisco Duran fired 27 shots from the sidewalk at the White House in an apparent assassination attempt against President Clinton. Impeached by the House of Representatives in December 1998 over allegations of perjury and obstruction of justice in connection with his sexual contact with a White House intern, Monica Lewinsky, but acquitted by the Senate. Still living as of 2020.
  Relatives: Step-son of Roger Clinton; son of William Jefferson Blythe II and Virginia (Cassidy) Clinton (1923-1994); married, October 11, 1975, to Hillary Diane Rodham (sister of Hugh Edwin Rodham); father of Chelsea Clinton (daughter-in-law of Edward Maurice Mezvinsky and Marjorie Margolies-Mezvinsky); third cousin twice removed of James Alexander Lockhart (1850-1905).
  Political families: Clinton family of Wadesboro, North Carolina; Ashe-Polk family of North Carolina (subsets of the Three Thousand Related Politicians).
  Cross-reference: Abraham J. Hirschfeld — Kenneth W. Starr — Rahm Emanuel — Henry G. Cisneros — Maria Echaveste — Thurgood Marshall, Jr. — Walter S. Orlinsky — Charles F. C. Ruff — Sean Patrick Maloney — Lanny J. Davis
  The William Jefferson Clinton Federal Building (built 1934; renamed for Clinton 2012) in Washington, D.C., is named for him.
  See also Wikipedia article — NNDB dossier — Internet Movie Database profile — OurCampaigns candidate detail
  Books by Bill Clinton: Between Hope and History : Meeting America's Challenges for the 21st Century (1996) — My Life (2004)
  Books about Bill Clinton: David Maraniss, First in His Class : The Biography of Bill Clinton — Joe Conason, The Hunting of the President : The Ten-Year Campaign to Destroy Bill and Hillary Clinton — Gene Lyons, Fools for Scandal : How the Media Invented Whitewater — Sidney Blumenthal, The Clinton Wars — Dewayne Wickham, Bill Clinton and Black America — Joe Klein, The Natural : The Misunderstood Presidency of Bill Clinton — Nigel Hamilton, Bill Clinton: An American Journey — Bob Woodward, The Agenda: Inside the Clinton White House — George Stephanopolous, All Too Human — John F. Harris, The Survivor : Bill Clinton in the White House — Mark Katz, Clinton & Me: A Real Life Political Comedy — Michael Takiff, A Complicated Man: The Life of Bill Clinton as Told by Those Who Know Him — Tim O'Shei, Bill Clinton (for young readers)
  Critical books about Bill Clinton: Barbara Olson, The Final Days : The Last, Desperate Abuses of Power by the Clinton White House — Meredith L. Oakley, On the Make : The Rise of Bill Clinton — Robert Patterson, Dereliction of Duty: The Eyewitness Account of How Bill Clinton Endangered America's Long-Term National Security — Ambrose Evans-Pritchard, The Secret Life of Bill Clinton: The Unreported Stories — Ann Coulter, High Crimes and Misdemeanors: The Case Against Bill Clinton — Dick Morris & Eileen McGann, Because He Could — Jack Cashill, Ron Brown's Body : How One Man's Death Saved the Clinton Presidency and Hillary's Future — Christopher Hitchens, No One Left To Lie To: The Values of the Worst Family — Rich Lowry, Legacy: Paying the Price for the Clinton Years — Richard Miniter, Losing Bin Laden : How Bill Clinton's Failures Unleashed Global Terror
  Roy C. Lewellen — also known as Bill Lewellen — of Marianna, Lee County, Ark. Democrat. Lawyer; member of Arkansas state senate, 1990. Refused to take a blood-alcohol test following a November 1998 accident in which he struck a woman with his Cadillac, dragging her 55 feet; his driver's license was suspended for six months. A charge of driving while intoxicated was dismissed. Still living as of 2000.
  Nick Wilson (born c.1943) — of Pocahontas, Randolph County, Ark. Born about 1943. Democrat. Lawyer; member of Arkansas state senate, 1971-98. Convicted in November, 1999, on federal tax evasion charges. Pleaded guilty in March, 2000 to fraud; 128 other charges were dropped in return for his agreement to testify against three others. Still living as of 2000.
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