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This collection contains a note to Winthrop Rockefeller.

Biographical/Historical Note

The note in this collection is to Winthrop Rockefeller from an unidentified Democratic supporter, sending him old newspaper clippings. Winthrop Rockefeller, the thirty-seventh governor of Arkansas was born May 1, 1912, in New York City to John D. Rockefeller Jr. and Abby Aldrich Rockefeller. The fifth of six children, Winthrop was not given a middle name. Winthrop’s grandfather, John D. Rockefeller, was the founder of Standard Oil Company—and a very rich man by the time his grandson was born. As governor, Winthrop Rockefeller brought economic, cultural, and political change to Arkansas. “W. R.” or “Win,” as he was known, brought an end to the political organization of former Governor Orval E. Faubus and created a political environment that produced moderate leaders like Dale Bumpers, David Pryor, and Bill Clinton. Rockefeller’s personal belief in racial equality became well known, and he ushered in an era that saw large numbers of African Americans elevated to high positions in state government. Rockefeller was a “transitional leader” in the sense that he helped discredit the “Old Guard” domination of the Faubus years and, in so doing, made Arkansans more receptive to political and social change.

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Document, 8.5" x 11"

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Note to Winthrop Rockefeller, SMC.048.022


Arkansas State Archives

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Arkansas State Archives

Recommended Citation

Note to Winthrop Rockefeller, Arkansas State Archives, Little Rock, Arkansas.


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