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This collection contains correspondence and campaign materials from Richard S. Arnold's 1972 bid for the fourth district seat for Arkansas in the United States Congress.

Biographical/Historical Note

Richard S. Arnold was born on March 26, 1936, in Texarkana, Arkansas. He was the son of Richard Lewis and Janet Sheppard Arnold. Her father, John Morris Sheppard, served for thirty-nine years in the United States House of Representatives and Senate from Texas, and was Senate Democratic Whip. Richard Arnold graduated from Yale College in 1957, and Harvard Law School in 1960, graduating first in his class at both schools. Before he became a partner of the law firm of Arnold and Arnold in Texarkana, he served as a law clerk to Justice William J. Brennan of the United States Supreme Court, and was associated with the law firm of Covington and Burling, Washington, District of Columbia. Arnold also worked as a newspaper reporter and editorial writer for the Texarkana Gazette News for the summers of 1955 and 1958. In 1966, he launched an intensive but unsuccessful campaign for the fourth district seat in the United States Congress, which included south and southwestern Arkansas. Arnold was defeated by David Pryor. In 1972, Arnold ran again and was defeated by Ray Thornton. Arnold was appointed United States District Court Judge in 1978 and to the United States Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals in 1980.

Physical Description

Document, 8.5" x 11"

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Richard S. Arnold 1972 campaign records, MS.000002


Arkansas State Archives

Contributing Entity

Arkansas State Archives

Recommended Citation

Richard S. Arnold 1972 campaign materials, Arkansas State Archives, Little Rock, Arkansas.


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