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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 andElizabeth Ingram. The family moved to Union County, Arkansas, in 1858. After spending some time inTexas, Donaghey settled in Conway, Faulkner County, in 1880, where he remained for thirty years. OnSeptember 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 inlocal politics and a strong supporter of higher education, responsible for three such institutions moving toConway. He supported the banning of saloons, making Conway a dry city. He was elected town marshalin 1884 because of his anti-saloon stand but was defeated when he ran for mayor on the same ticket thenext year.From 1899 to 1903, he gained considerable wealth while working as a railroad contractor in IndianTerritory. He moved to Little Rock in 1908 and won the Democratic nomination for Governor, defeatingJeff Davis-backed William F. Kirby, and going on to win by a landslide. He was re-elected in 1910. Histerms as governor were highlighted by his strong support of higher education, an emphasis on fiscalreform, and the completion of the State Capitol.After leaving the governship, 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. Theendowment was estimated at $1.5 to $2 million, making it one of the largest endowments given withinthe state. He died December 15, 1937, after suffering a massive heart attack two days earlier and neverregaining 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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