Creator

Date Original

1901

Description

This collection contains a letter from Powell Clayton in Mexico to B. J. Rosewater, Eureka Springs, Arkansas, concerning state political appointments and local city affairs.

Biographical/Historical Note

Powell Clayton was a Union general who settled in Arkansas after the Civil War. He became the state's first governor after its readmission to the Union. He was born in Bethel Township, Pennsylvania, on August 7, 1833, to John Clayton and Ann Clark Clayton. He studied civil engineering in Wilmington, Delaware and then moved to Leavenworth, Kansas, in 1855 to work as a surveyor. He first entered politics when he successfully for city engineer in 1860 in Leavenworth. In May 1861, Clayton joined the Union army. He mustered out of service in 1865. On December 14, 1865, he married Adaline McGraw of Helena. Clayton was inaugurated as governor on July 2, 1868. He died in Washington D.C. on August 25, 1914, and is buried in Arlington Cemetery.

Physical Description

Document, 8.5" x 11"

Geographical Area

Arkansas

Language

English

Identifier

SMC.075.002

Resource Type

Text

Collection

Powell Clayton letter, SMC.075.002

Publisher

Arkansas State Archives

Contributing Entity

Arkansas State Archives

Recommended Citation

Powell Clayton letter, 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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