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This collection contains a teacher's license for Samuel Cordell from the state of Arkansas and a speech about the evils of intemperance. Cordell speech details the evils of any type of indulgence in liquor and the overall negative consequences of that action.

Biographical/Historical Note

Samuel A. Cordell was born November 3, 1854, in Cedar County, Iowa, to Jacob and Margaretta (Singrey) Cordell. His family moved to Benton County, Arkansas, in June 1888. Cordell earned his teacher's license and taught school in Benton County for several years, while studying law under Samuel W. Peel. In October 1870, Cordell was admitted to the bar and opened a practice at Eureka Springs. He returned to Rogers, Benton County, after only five months. On July 22, 1880, he married Rosa Spencer, an Ohio native. She died on January 18, 1882. He then married Alice Sikes King, daughter of B.F. Sikes of Bedford County, Tennessee. In 1886 and 1888, he was elected county and probate judge of Benton County. Cordell also served as city attorney for Eureka Springs and Rogers. He moved to Chandler, Oklahoma, in the 1890s and served in the first State Senate of Oklahoma in 1907. He had a son J. William, born in 1896. Cordell died between 1910 and 1920.

Physical Description

Document, 8.5" x 11"

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Samuel A. Cordell papers, SMC.003.009


Arkansas State Archives

Contributing Entity

Arkansas State Archives

Recommended Citation

Samuel A. Cordell papers, Arkansas State Archives, Little Rock, Arkansas.


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