Date Original

circa 1904


This collection contains an address from Carroll D. Wood candidate for governor of Arkansas in 1904. This address outlines Wood’s political platform, his record of public service, and the record of Governor Davis.

Biographical/Historical Note

Carroll D. Wood was born in Ashley County, Arkansas, on July 8, 1858 to John and Martha Wood. Wood received his degree from the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville in 1879 and was admitted to the Arkansas bar in 1880. He practiced law and lived in Drew County. By 1882, he was elected as the prosecuting attorney to the Tenth District, which included Drew County. Carroll Wood is best known for his unsuccessful run for the governorship of Arkansas in 1904 against Jeff Davis. Jeff Davis was born May 6, 1862, in Little River County, Arkansas. He studied law at Vanderbilt University and served as governor of Arkansas from 1901-1907. He then went on to become a United States senator from 1907-1912. Carroll D. Wood and Jeff Davis both attended Second Baptist Church in Little Rock, Arkansas. Wood served on a committee within the church that listed charges against Davis that included drunkenness, chronic intemperance, and immoral behavior. This occurred in 1902, during Jeff Davis’s governorship; and because of the charges, he was expelled from the congregation. Wood ran for governor in 1904 against Davis, both on the Democratic ticket. Both men physically attacked one another on two different occasions. Despite all of this, Jeff Davis won another term as governor by a margin of 57.8 percent.

Physical Description

Document, 8.5" x 11"

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Carroll D. Wood address, SMC.0174.0025


Arkansas State Archives

Contributing Entity

Arkansas State Archives

Recommended Citation

Carroll D. Wood address, Arkansas State Archives, Little Rock, Arkansas.


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