Black and white sketch of William Meade Fishback, including biographical narrative.


Author of the Fishback Amendment

W.M. Fishback

Wm. Meade Fishback was born 1831 in Culpeper Co.. Virginia. Educated in U. of Virginia and taught school.. In 1858 went to Illinois to practice law.. Met Abraham Lincoln who helped him obtain first client.. Moved to Greenwood, Ark...

Member secession convention 1861... Went north and 1864 returned to Little Rock as editor of paper called "The Unconditional Union.".. Was elected to U.S. Senate but not seated... Elected to legislature 1876, 1878, 1884..

Arkansas Bldg. at world's fair, 1893

Introduced amendment to state constitution prohibiting payment of Holford and other bonds.... Elected governor 1892... During his administration a poll tax was adopted.. Redemption of lands sold for taxes.. Confederate Soldiers Home provided for... Railway strike of 1894... Arkansas represented at the Chicago World's Fair.. In 1896 Fishback campaigned for Bryan and free silver... He died at Ft. Smith Feb. 9, 1903...

Physical Description

Document, 11" x 14"




MS.000379, Image 25

Resource Type



Walter J. Lemke drawings collection: Biographical Sketches, MS.000379


Arkansas State Archives

Contributing Entity

Arkansas State Archives

Recommended Citation

William Meade Fishback, Walter J. Lemke drawings collection: Biographical Sketches, Arkansas State Archives, Little Rock, Arkansas.


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