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This collection contains correspondence to Jennings from his family from large numbers of friends and acquaintances throughout the state and across the country. In addition, the collection contains the letters of his daughter, Octavia (later Mrs. James Arthur Bowman), to her father, and letters to her. There is also some business and professional material belonging to Jennings in the collection.

Biographical/Historical Note

Roscoe Green Jennings was a practicing physician in Little Rock, Arkansas, in the latter half of the nineteenth century. He was born at Leeds, Kennebec County, now Androscoggi, Maine, June 11, 1833, and was the fourth son and fifth child in the family of Perez Smith and Johanna (Lane) Jennings. After obtaining a degree from the Medical School of Maine, he made his way to Washington, Arkansas, in the late 1850s. While serving in the Confederate Army as a surgeon, he was captured by Union forces but managed to escape. Illness forced him to resign his commission and he returned to Arkansas. When he came to Little Rock for medical treatment in 1864, he became a contract surgeon for the United States Army, where he treated both Union and Confederate soldiers. He later continued duty at the Freedmen's Hospital. Roscoe Jennings and Gertrude Elizabeth Elliott, a native of Camden, Arkansas, were married on April 10, 1869. They had three children: Octavia, Orville, and Elliott Crews. Jennings was a founder of the Medical Department of the Arkansas Industrial University, now the University of Arkansas Medical Sciences, and served on the faculty. He died in 1899.

Physical Description

Document, 8.5" x 11"

Geographical Area

Arkansas; Missouri





Resource Type



Roscoe Green Jennings papers, MS.000131


Arkansas State Archives

Contributing Entity

Arkansas State Archives

Recommended Citation

Roscoe Green Jennings papers, Arkansas State Archives, Little Rock, Arkansas.


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