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This collection contains newspaper clippings, incoming and outgoing correspondence, photographs, microfilm, and publications. The collection is arranged in its original order. Microfilm call numbers MG.05773-MG.05775 contain correspondence from all seventy five counties in Arkansas, but the microfilm is not in the same order as the collection.

Biographical/Historical Note

Carl Edward Bailey was born October 8, 1894, in Stoddard County, Missouri, but he grew to adulthood in Dunklin County, Missouri, the son of William and Margaret Bailey. In 1915, Bailey attended Chillicothe Business College in Chillicothe, Missouri, but he lacked the required funding to complete his degree. On October 10, 1915, Bailey married Margaret Bristol in Paragould, Arkansas, with whom he had six children. In 1943, two years after he left the governor’s office, Bailey divorced his wife and married Marjorie Compton. Bailey studied Arkansas law while simultaneously working as a bookkeeper for a lumber company and by 1922, he had passed the Arkansas bar exam. By 1924, he had opened his own private law firm in Little Rock, Arkansas, soon after which he got into politics. By 1931, he was elected prosecuting attorney for the Sixth Judicial District in both Pulaski and Perry counties. After two terms as prosecuting attorney, Bailey was elected Attorney General of Arkansas in 1935. He served one term as the Attorney General from 1935-1937, at which time Futrell was departing the governor’s office after his second term, leaving no incumbent in the governor’s race. Bailey ran for governor’s office in the primary on the Democratic ticket against Secretary of State Ed McDonald and won by 3,939 votes. In 1937, Carl Bailey became the thirty-first governor of the state of Arkansas, to which he served two terms. After leaving office as Governor, Bailey practiced law in Little Rock, where he established the Carl Bailey Company in 1945. He passed away on October 23, 1948, of a heart attack just after turning fifty-four. Bailey is buried in Roselawn Memorial Park in Little Rock.

Physical Description

Document, 8.5" x 11"

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Resource Type



Carl E. Bailey papers, MS.000406


Arkansas State Archives

Contributing Entity

Arkansas State Archives

Recommended Citation

Carl E. Bailey papers, Arkansas State Archives, Little Rock, Arkansas.


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