Date Original



This biography of Matthew Lyon was written by John W. Woodward.

Biographical/Historical Note

John W. Woodward was born in 1820 in Virginia as a deaf-mute to Virginia Cox. At the age of 12, he was orphaned and sent to a school for the deaf in Paris, France. He moved to Clarksville, Arkansas, and in 1850, began a school for the deaf. After only a short time, he had to close the school due to lack of funding. He worked in the county clerk office of Augustus M. Ward. In 1858, he became the associate editor of the True Democrat. Woodward was known for his eloquence in writing and wrote many articles and poems. His biography on pioneer Matthew Lyon entitled "Some Passages in the Life of Matthew Lyon" was originally published in the Little Rock National Democrat. In 1863, he became one of the Vice-Presidents of the State Historical Society. He died in February 1865. Matthew Lyon (1746-1822), an immigrant from Ireland, was very active in politics, serving in Congress from both Vermont and Kentucky. After he moved to the Arkansas Territory, he served as the United States Factor for the Cherokee Nation until his death at Spadra Bluff, Arkansas.

Physical Description

Document, 8.5" x 11"

Geographical Area

Arkansas; Kentucky; Vermont; Virginia; France; Ireland





Resource Type



Matthew Lyon biography, SMC.010.019


Arkansas State Archives

Contributing Entity

Arkansas State Archives

Recommended Citation

Matthew Lyon biography, Arkansas State Archives, Little Rock, Arkansas.


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