Creator

Date Original

1836

Description

This collection contains memoirs written by William Franklin Switzler, describing his travels through theSouth in 1836, including Arkansas.

Biographical/Historical Note

William Franklin Switzler was born March 16, 1819, in Fayette County, Kentucky. He and his family moved to Howard County, Missouri, in 1826. In 1841, he became the editor of the "Columbia Patriot." In1842, he was admitted to the bar after studying law under Abiel Leonard and James S. Rollins. In 1843, he founded the "Missouri Statesman," which he ran for over forty years. Prior to the Civil War, he was elected to the Missouri House of Representatives three times as a Whig. As an outspoken opponent of secession, he was appointed by President Lincoln as Secretary of the Arkansas provisional government in 1862. He joined the Democratic Party after the war and ran twice for the United States House of Representatives, but was not elected. In 1865 and 1875, he attended the Missouri Consitutional Conventions. In 1885, he was appointed by President Grover Cleveland as Chief of the Bureau of Statistics. He wrote "History of Missouri," "History of Boone County," and finally"History of the University of Missouri," which he did not complete before his death on May 24, 1906, in Columbia, Missouri.

Physical Description

Document, 8.5" x 11"

Geographical Area

Arkansas; Kentucky; Missouri

Language

English

Identifier

SMC.018.007

Resource Type

Text

Collection

William F. Switzler writings, SMC.018.007

Publisher

Arkansas State Archives

Contributing Entity

Arkansas State Archives

Recommended Citation

William F. Switzler writings, Arkansas State Archives, Little Rock, Arkansas.

Rights

Use and reproduction of images held by the Arkansas State Archives without prior written permission is prohibited. For information on reproducing images held by the Arkansas State Archives, please call 501-682-6900 or email at state.archives@arkansas.gov.

Disciplines

United States History

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