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This collection contains correspondence, biographical notes, legal documents, newspapers, news clippings, scrapbooks, and printed materials of Martha Louvenia Wallace Donaghey. Also included in the collection are items concerning George Washington Donaghey and related family members.

Biographical/Historical Note

Martha Louvenia Wallace Donaghey was born October 18, 1862, in Darlington, South Carolina. The first child of four born to James G. and Eunice Wallace, spent only seven years in the state, before her parents moved to Arkansas in 1869. Donaghey’s parents would settle in Prairie Township, in what was then Pulaski County, now Lonoke County. In December 1879, while visiting Mrs. John Hartje, she met her future husband, George Washington Donaghey. The couple would marry three years later September 20, 1883, in Conway, Faulkner County, Arkansas. After their marriage, Donaghey spent much of her time running the Donaghey family farm and the household in Faulkner County. She also took part in her husband’s interest in philanthropic and business endeavors, especially the support for several Arkansas collegiate institutions, by creating the Donaghey foundation. As first lady of Arkansas, from 1909 to 1913, she was prominent in state affairs. Martha Louvenia Wallace Donaghey passed away on July 28, 1947, at her home at 2109 Gaines Street, Little Rock, Arkansas. She was buried next to her husband in Roselawn Memorial Cemetery in Little Rock.

Physical Description

Document, 8.5" x 11"

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Martha Louvenia Wallace Donaghey papers, MS.001040


Arkansas State Archives

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Arkansas State Archives

Recommended Citation

Martha Louvenia Wallace Donaghey papers, Arkansas State Archives, Little Rock, Arkansas.


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