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The Robert E. Jeffery, Jr. papers contain correspondence, biographical information, and photographs of Robert E. Jeffery, Jr.

Biographical/Historical Note

Robert Emmett Jeffery, Jr. was born January 30, 1875, in Mount Olive, Arkansas, to Dr. Robert Emmett Jeffery, Sr. and Mary Carson. His grandfather, Miles Jeffery, served in the Arkansas House of Representatives between 1856 and 1859. His great grandfather, Jehoiada Jeffery, and great uncle, Daniel Jeffery, served in the Arkansas House of Representatives in the 1840s. His brother, Forrest Jeffery, served as Independence County Judge in the 1950s. Robert Emmett Jeffery, Jr. started his career as a lawyer, being admitted to the Arkansas Bar in Mountain View in 1900. He went on to establish a law practice in Newport, Arkansas, and later became a prosecuting attorney in 1906, and later as a circuit judge in 1910 under the third circuit. In 1915 he was appointed to become a foreign minister to Uruguay under President Woodrow Wilson. His official title was Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary. He married Nita Hoos of Heber Springs, Arkansas, on March 17, 1915, and had two sons, Robert Emmett Jeffery, III, and Jerry Jeffery. He died May 19, 1935.

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Document, 8.5" x 11"

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Robert E. Jeffery, Jr. papers, MS.001026


Arkansas State Archives

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Arkansas State Archives

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Robert E. Jeffery, Jr. papers, Arkansas State Archives, Little Rock, Arkansas.


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