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This collection contains Civil War items, correspondence to Jesse Turner, a pamphlet on George W. Paschal, and issues of "The Van Buren Argus" and "National Intelligencer" newspapers.

Biographical/Historical Note

Jesse Turner was born October 3, 1805, at Orange County, North Carolina, to James and Rebecca Clendenin Turner. He studied law with William McCauley and was admitted to the bar in 1825 at Ashboro, Randolph County, North Carolina. In 1831, he moved to Van Buren, Crawford County, Arkansas. In 1838, he was elected State Representative for Crawford and Franklin counties. In 1840, he campaigned on behalf of William Henry Harrison. He was appointed by the Secretary of War in 1841 to serve on a committee at West Point Military Academy. In 1842, he married Violet P. Drennen (1817-1843). He was appointed United States Attorney for the Western Federal District of Arkansas in 1851. In 1855, he married Rebecca J. Allen (1823-1917). They had one son, Jesse Turner, Jr. (1856-1911), who practiced law with his father's firm, Turner and Turner. Although he opposed secession, he was elected to the Secession Convention in 1861. After the war, he served as a state senator in 1866-1867 and again in 1874-1875. In 1878, he was appointed by Governor William Read Miller to the Arkansas Supreme Court. He was connected to the Little Rock and Fort Smith Railway and the Kansas and Arkansas Valley Railway. He died November 22, 1894, and is buried in Fairview Cemetery, Van Buren, Crawford County, Arkansas.

Physical Description

Document, 8.5" x 11"

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Jesse Turner papers, SMC.018.014


Arkansas State Archives

Contributing Entity

Arkansas State Archives

Recommended Citation

Jesse Turner papers, Arkansas State Archives, Little Rock, Arkansas.


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