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The correspondence in this collection concerns the donation of Caraway's papers to the Arkansas History Commission.

Biographical/Historical Note

Thaddeus Horatius Caraway was born October 17, 1871, in Spring Hill, Missouri, to Tolbert and Mary Ellen Caraway. After his father died, his mother moved the family to Clay County, Arkansas, when he was twelve. In 1896, he graduated from Dickson Normal College in Dickson, Tennessee, and returned to Arkansas to teach school. He was admitted to the Arkansas bar in 1900 and established a short-lived, law practice at Lake City, Craighead County. He turned to writing legal notices in the Lake City Sun Times and the Jonesboro Daily Tribune. In 1902, he married Hattie Wyatt, whom he met while attending Dickson Normal College. They had three sons: Paul Wyatt, Forrest, and Robert Easley. He settled in Jonesboro and established a successful law practice there. In 1908, Caraway was elected Prosecuting Attorney for the Second Judicial District and was re-elected in 1910. In 1912, he was elected to the United States House of Representatives, where he served until 1921. In 1920, he was elected to the Senate, where he served until his death November 6, 1931. Upon his death, his wife, Hattie Wyatt Caraway was appointed to the Senate, later winning a special election in 1932, making her the first woman elected to the U.S. Senate.

Physical Description

Document, 8.5" x 11"

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T.H. Caraway letters, SMC.003.018


Arkansas State Archives

Contributing Entity

Arkansas State Archives

Recommended Citation

J.M. Curran letter, Arkansas State Archives, Little Rock, Arkansas.


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