The materials in this collection reflect some of Lenon's activities, such as humanitarian work, his career as a successful businessman, and as a public servant dedicated to progress. The collection contains a list of residents of Little Rock, apparently prepared during his first mayoral campaign in 1903; a ledger listing contributions to a fund for San Francisco earthquake victims; minutes and records of the Pulaski County Election Commission; and documents related to the activities of the Camp Pike Honorary Commission.
Warren E. Lenon was born in Iowa in 1867 and moved to Little Rock, Arkansas, in January 1888. Soon after his arrival, he began work as a clerk for the Arkansas Abstract Company and eventually became the sole owner of the company. The business included independent operations in handling real estate and extending financial loans on real estate securities. This finally evolved into banking, the activity for which Lenon became best known. Lenon was an organizer of the People's National Bank in 1902; he served as its first president and was on the board of directors for several decades. Active in the development of the city of Little Rock and always interested in promoting progress, Lenon served on the city council between 1896 and 1903, and was then elected Mayor. He was re-elected twice and served until his resignation in 1908, after deciding to pursue other business interests. Numerous public improvements were made during his tenure as mayor, including construction of a new City Hall. A 1911 writer described Lenon this way: "No worthy enterprise or measure tending to enhance the progress or social and material wellbeing of his home city fails to receive the earnest and valuable support of its former mayor." It was also stated at the time that "no citizen has a more secure place in popular confidence and esteem." Warren E. Lenon died June 24, 1946.
Document, 8.5" x 11"
Warren E. Lenon, Sr., collection, MS.000093
Arkansas State Archives
Arkansas State Archives
Warren E. Lenon, Sr., collection, Arkansas State Archives, Little Rock, Arkansas.
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