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This collection contains printed materials concerning George W. Donaghey, Governor of Arkansas.

Biographical/Historical Note

George Washington Donaghey was born July 1, 1856, in Oakland, Louisiana, to C.C. Donaghey and Elizabeth Ingram. The family moved to Union County, Arkansas, in 1858. After spending some time in Texas, Donaghey settled in Conway, Faulkner County, in 1880, where he remained for thirty years. On September 20, 1883, he married Louvenia Wallace, a native of Darlington, South Carolina. Donaghey spent one year at the University of Arkansas, before becoming a contractor. He was active in local politics and a strong supporter of higher education, responsible for three such institutions moving to Conway. He supported the banning of saloons, making Conway a dry city. He was elected town marshal in 1884 because of his anti-saloon stand but was defeated when he ran for mayor on the same ticket the next year. From 1899 to 1903, he gained considerable wealth while working as a railroad contractor in Indian Territory. He moved to Little Rock in 1908 and won the Democratic nomination for Governor, defeating Jeff Davis-backed William F. Kirby, and going on to win by a landslide. He was re-elected in 1910. His terms as governor were highlighted by his strong support of higher education, an emphasis on fiscal reform, and the completion of the State Capitol. After leaving the govern ship, he transferred ownership of the Donaghey Building and the Federal Bankand Trust Building to Little Rock Junior College, now the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. The endowment was estimated at $1.5 to $2 million, making it one of the largest endowments given within the state. He died December 15, 1937, after suffering a massive heart attack two days earlier and never regaining consciousness.

Physical Description

Document, 8.5" x 11"

Geographical Area

Arkansas; Louisiana; South Carolina





Resource Type



George W. Donaghey collection, SMC.007.011


Arkansas State Archives

Contributing Entity

Arkansas State Archives

Recommended Citation

George W. Donaghey collection, Arkansas State Archives, Little Rock, Arkansas.


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