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This collection contains Attorney General case files, political papers, and legal and business papers, as well as personal and family correspondence.

Biographical/Historical Note

Hal Norwood was born Henry Lee Norwood on September 26, 1871, at Paraclifta, Sevier County, Arkansas. He held many elected offices throughout his life. In 1892, he was elected to the Arkansas General Assembly; in 1894, he became prosecuting attorney in the Ninth Judicial District, to which he was re-elected in 1896. In 1900, he was elected to the Arkansas State Senate. In 1908, he was elected Arkansas Attorney General and then re-elected in 1910. He ran unsuccessfully against Joe T. Robinson for Governor in 1912, and lost again to Robinson in 1913 while running for a United States Senate seat vacated after the death of Jeff Davis. Norwood was again elected Attorney General in 1928 and served until 1934, when he lost his bid for re-election to Carl Bailey. Norwood went on to serve as the Arkansas Director of the Federal Home Administration until 1937, when returned to Mena, Arkansas, to continue his private law practice. He served as Mena's municipal judge from 1951 to 1957. Hal Norwood married Kate Anderson on April 19, 1892. Mrs. Norwood died January 3, 1955. Hal Norwood died February 19,1958, and was buried at Roselawn Memorial Park in Little Rock, Arkansas.

Physical Description

Document, 8.5" x 11"

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Hal Norwood papers, MS.000145


Arkansas State Archives

Contributing Entity

Arkansas State Archives

Recommended Citation

Hal Norwood papers, Arkansas State Archives, Little Rock, Arkansas.


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