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This collection contains memorandum books, news clippings, biographical sketches, and correspondence.

Biographical/Historical Note

Benjamin Franklin Riddick was born on December 4, 1815, in Gates County, North Carolina, to Robert and Elizabeth Meroney Riddick. He settled in Ouachita County, Arkansas, in 1844, as a farmer. He was made a mason in Woodlawn Lodge #15 in 1857. Riddick took the Knights of Templar degrees in Little Rock in 1867. He served as Worthy Master of Woodlawn Lodge, as well as high priest in the chapter and three times Illustrious Master of the Council. In 1866, Riddick was elected from Ouachita County to the Arkansas House of Representatives, and again in 1880. His brother, James Andrew Riddick, was the presiding elder of the Virginia Methodist Conference, and his other brother, Henry Riddick, served as a school teacher in North Carolina. Riddick married Laura Ann Cleaves on January 29, 1840, and had nine children. William Henry and Virginious Leonidas Riddick both served in the Confederate forces of the Civil War, and were killed in battle. James Robert and Ann Eliza died in infancy. Five children survived to adulthood: John Calvin, who married Martha Collins of Fulton County, Kentucky; Laura Louisa, who married Newton R. Tribble, assessor and sheriff of Ouachita County; Sarah Jane, who married John Gunter of Nevada County; Abner Stith, who married Nancy L. Johnson; and Elizabeth Cornelia, who married George Merritt. Benjamin Franklin Riddick died on April 1, 1900.

Physical Description

Document, 8.5" x 11"

Geographical Area

Arkansas; New York; Virginia; North Carolina; Tennessee; Kentucky





Resource Type



B.F. Riddick papers, SMC.030.002


Arkansas State Archives

Contributing Entity

Arkansas State Archives

Recommended Citation

B.F. Riddick papers, Arkansas State Archives, Little Rock, Arkansas.


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