Creator

Date Original

1903-1922

Description

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.

Biographical/Historical Note

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.

Physical Description

Document, 8.5" x 11"

Geographical Area

Arkansas; California

Language

English

Identifier

MS.000093

Resource Type

Text

Collection

Warren E. Lenon, Sr., collection, MS.000093

Publisher

Arkansas State Archives

Contributing Entity

Arkansas State Archives

Recommended Citation

Warren E. Lenon, Sr., collection, 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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