Date Original

1892 March 28


This collection consists of a letter from James P. Eagle to Mr. Pat H. Wheat in Lonoke, Arkansas, regarding voting procedures.

Biographical/Historical Note

James Phillip Eagle (1837-1904) served as Governor of Arkansas from 1889-1893. Eagle was born in Maury County, Tennessee, on August 10, 1837. His family moved to Arkansas where James was educated in the county schools. He served as sheriff of Prairie County before the Civil War. During the Civil War, Eagle enlisted as a private, and rose later to the rank of colonel. He served as a member of the Arkansas Legislature, serving from 1873 to 1878, and in 1885, he served as speaker of the house. Eagle was nominated by the Democratic State Convention for governor in 1888, and was elected in September. He was reelected to a second term in 1890. During his tenure, he advocated reform in the state penitentiary system, supported a progressive policy on immigration, and endorsed liberal support for education. In 1902, he was elected president of the Southern Baptist Convention, and twice was reelected. Governor James P. Eagle died of heart failure on December 19, 1904, in Little Rock and is buried at Little Rock's Mount Holly Cemetery.

Physical Description

Document, 8.5" x 11"

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Governor James P. Eagle letter [photocopy], SMC.072.022


Arkansas State Archives

Contributing Entity

Arkansas State Archives

Recommended Citation

Governor James P. Eagle letter [photocopy], Arkansas State Archives, Little Rock, Arkansas.


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