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This collection contains four printed speeches from the Government Printing Office: Hon. J. H. Berry "In Opposition to Establishing a Gold Standard and Retiring Greenbacks," January 31, 1900; Berry, "Bimetallism: Free Coinage of Gold and Silver," August 16, 1893; Hon. John Tillman, "Pensions for Confederate Soldiers," February 11, 1916; and Hon. Hugh A. Dinsmore, "Militarism and Imperialism," January 26, 1899, plus an original mailing envelope.

Biographical/Historical Note

James Henderson Berry (1841-1913) served as Governor of Arkansas from 1883-1885. He entered politics in 1866, when he was elected to the Arkansas House of Representatives. He was re-elected in 1872, and again in 1874, when he served as speaker. Berry was chosen to chair the Democratic State Convention in 1876, and two years later, was elected to the bench of the Fourth Judicial Circuit, where he served until 1882. On September 4, 1882, he was elected Governor of Arkansas. Berry was elected by the legislature to fill Senator Augustus Garland's vacancy in the Senate, and held that seat for the next 22 years. Hugh Anderson Dinsmore was from Benton County, Arkansas and was elected to Congress in 1892, serving for thirteen years. He represented the Fifth Congressional District in Arkansas until a redistricting placed his seat in the Third District. John N. Tillman was admitted to the Arkansas bar in 1883. He practiced law in Washington County, Arkansas, where he later served as county examiner of the schools and clerk of the circuit court. Tillman elected to represent the Third District of Arkansas in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1915 to 1929 as a Democrat.

Physical Description

Document, 8.5" x 11"

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Arkansas Congressional speeches, SMC.0172.0003


Arkansas State Archives

Contributing Entity

Arkansas State Archives

Recommended Citation

Arkansas Congressional speeches, Arkansas State Archives, Little Rock, Arkansas.


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