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This collection contains the papers of Governor Julius Marion Futrell. The papers include reports and correspondence from various departments of Arkansas State government, as well as federal and national agencies. The Arkansas Governor's Office papers included in this collection consist of correspondence, appointments and requests for civilian and political jobs, miscellaneous materials and papers involving state and highway bonds.

Biographical/Historical Note

Junius Marion Futrell was born on August 14, 1870, in the Jones Ridge community in Greene County, Arkansas. Futrell attended the University of Arkansas from 1892-1893. He then returned to Greene County, where he taught in the public schools and studied law. Futrell married Tera M. Smith on September 27, 1893, and they had six children. In 1912, after serving several years in local county offices, Futrell was elected State Senator of the First District. In the general election of 1932, he defeated Republican J.O. Livesay for Governor of Arkansas. Two years later, Futrell was reelected over his Republican opponent, C.C. Ledbetter. In his 1933 inauguration address, Governor Futrell laid out his plan to eliminate the state debt. His major objective was to pay off the highway debt and establish a new highway funding system. A special session of the general assembly finally passed Futrell's Highway Refunding Act in 1934. After his second term expired in 1937, Futrell remained in Little Rock and he served as attorney for the Dyess Colony, a resettlement farming community in Northeast Arkansas. He died on June 20, 1955, and was buried in Paragould, Arkansas.

Physical Description

Document, 8.5" x 11"

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Junius Marion Futrell papers, MS.000409


Arkansas State Archives

Contributing Entity

Arkansas State Archives

Recommended Citation

Junius Marion Futrell papers, Arkansas State Archives, Little Rock, Arkansas.


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