Date Original

1861 February 4


This document concerns Turner’s candidacy as a delegate to the secession convention of 1861. It states his opposition to secession and his belief that the federal government needed time to withdraw from their anti-slavery position. Although he opposed secession, he was elected to the Secession Convention in 1861 and stood as the temporary chair for the first session. After the war, he served as a state senator in 1866-1867 and again in 1874-1875. In 1878, he was appointed to the Arkansas Supreme Court by Governor William Read Miller.

Biographical/Historical Note

Jesse Turner was born October 3, 1805, at Orange County, North Carolina, to James and Rebecca Clendenin Turner. He studied law with William McCauley and was admitted to the bar in 1825 at Ashboro, Randolph County, North Carolina. In 1831, he moved to Van Buren, Crawford County, Arkansas. In 1838, Turner was elected State Representative for Crawford and Franklin counties. In 1840, he campaigned on behalf of William Henry Harrison. Turner was appointed by the Secretary of War in 1841 to serve on a committee at West Point Military Academy. He was appointed United States Attorney for the Western Federal District of Arkansas in 1851.

Physical Description

Document, 8.5" x 11"

Geographical Area

Van Buren, Crawford County (Ark.)





Resource Type



Jesse Turner convention statement, SMC.OV.048


Arkansas State Archives

Contributing Entity

Arkansas State Archives

Recommended Citation

Jesse Turner convention statement, Arkansas State Archives, Little Rock, Arkansas.


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