Capital: Little Rock

State Nickname: Land of Opportunity

State Bird: Mockingbird

State Flower: Apple Blossom

Admitted to the Union: June 15, 1836

Governors

September 13, 1836 to November 4, 1840:

James S. Conway

November 4, 1840 to April 29, 1844:

Archibald Yell

April 29, 1844 to November 5, 1849:

Samuel Adams

November 4, 1844 to January 10, 1849:

Thomas S. Drew

January 10, 1849 to April 19, 1849:

Richard C. Byrd

April 19, 1849 to November 15, 1852:

John S. Roane

November 15, 1852 to November 16, 1860:

Elais N. Conway

Novembner 16, 1860 to November 4, 1862:

Henry M. Rector

November 4, 1862 to November 15, 1862:

Thomas Fletcher

November 15, 1862 to April 18, 1864:

Harris Flannigan

April 18, 185=64 To July 2, 1868:

Issac Murphy

July 2, 1868 to March 17, 1871:

Powell Clayton

March 17, 1871 to January 6, 1873:

Ozra A. Hadley

January 6, 1873 to November 12, 1874:

Elisha Baxter

November 12, 1874 to January 11, 1877:

A. H. Garland

January 11, 1877 to January 13, 1881:

William R. Miller

January 13, 1881 to January 13, 1883:

Thomas J. Churchill

January 13, 1883 to January 17, 1885:

James H. Berry

January 17, 1885 to January 17, 1889:

Simon P. Hughes

January 17, 1889 to January 10, 1893:

James P. Eagle

January 10, 1893 to January 18, 1895:

William M. Fishback

January 18, 1895 to January 8, 1901:

James P. Clark

January 8, 1901 to January 8, 1907:

Daniel Webster Jones

January 8, 1907 to February 11, 1907:

John S. Little

February 11, 1907 to May 11, 1907:

John I. Moore

May 14, 1907 to January 11, 1909:

Xenophon O. Pindall

January 11, 1909 to January 13, 1913:

George W. Donaghey

January 13, 1913 to March 10, 1913:

Johseph T. Robinson

March 10, 1913 to March 13, 1913:

William K. Oldham

March 13, 1913 to July 23, 1913:

Junius M. Futrell

July 23, 1913 to January 9, 1917:

George W. Hayes

January 9, 1917 to January 11, 1921:

Charles H. Brough

January 11, 1921 to January 13, 1925:

Thomas C. McRae

January 13, 1925 to January 11, 1927:

Thomas J. Terrall

January 11, 1927 to March 4, 1928:

John E. Martineau

March 4, 1928 to January 10, 1933:

Harvey Parnell

January 10, 1933 to January 12, 1937:

Junius M. Futrell

January 12, 1937 to January 14, 1941:

Carl E. Bailey

January 14, 1941 to January 9, 1945:

Homer M. Adkins

January 9, 1945 to January 11, 1949:

Benjamin T. Laney

January 11, 1949 to January 11, 1953:

Sidney S. McMath

January 13, 1953 to January 11, 1955:

Frances A. Cherry

January 11, 1955 to January 10, 1967:

Orval E. Faubus

January 10, 1967 to January 12, 1971:

Winthrop Rockefeller

January 12, 1971 to January 3, 1975:

Dale Bumpers

January 3, 1975 to January 14, 1975:

Bob Riley

January 14, 1975 to January 3, 1979:

David Pryor

January 3, 1979 to January 9, 1979:

John Purcell

January 9, 1979 to January 19, 1981:

Bill Clinton

January 19, 1981 to January 11, 1983:

Frank D. White

January 11, 1983 to December 12, 1992:

Bill Clinton

December 12, 1992 to July 15, 1996:

Jim Guy Tucker

July 15, 1996 – January 8, 2007

Mike Huckabee

January 8, 2007 –

Mike Beebe

 
Senators - Class II

September 18, 1836 – August 15, 1844

William Savin Fulton

August 15,1844 – April 29, 1848

Chester Ashley

May 12, 1848 – July 11, 1861

William King Sebastian

July 12, 1961 – June 21, 1868

Alexander McDonald

June 22, 1868 – March 3, 1871;

Alexander McDonald

March 4, 1871 – March 3, 1877

Powell Clayton

March 4, 1877 – March 6, 1885

Augustus Hill Garland

March 8, 1885 – 1907

James Henderson Berry

1907– January 5,1913

Jefferson Davis

January 6 – January 30, 1913

John Netherland Heiskell

January 29, 1913 – March 3, 1913

William M. Kavanaugh

March 4, 1913 – July 14, 1937

Joseph Taylor Robinson

November 15, 1937 – March 31, 1941

John E. Miller

April 1, 1941 – January 3, 1943

George Lloyd Spencer

January 3, 1943 – November 28, 1977

John Little McClellan

December 10, 1977 – January 3, 1979

Kaneaster Hodges, Jr.

January 3, 1979 – January 3, 1997

David Hampton Pryor

January 7, 1997 – January 3, 2003

Tim Hutchinson

January 7, 2003 –

Mark Pryor

 
Senators - Class III

September 18, 1836 – March 15, 1848

Ambrose Hundley Sevier

March 30, 1848 – April 11, 1853

Solon Borland

July 6, 1853 – March 3, 1861

Robert Ward Johnson

March 4, 1861 – July 11, 1861

Charles B. Mitchel

July 12, 1981 - June 22, 1868

Vacant

June 23, 1868 – March 3, 1873

Benjamin Franklin Rice

March 4, 1873 – March 3, 1879

Stephen Wallace Dorsey

March 4, 1879 – March 3, 1885

James David Walker

March 3, 1885 –March 3, 1903

James Kimbrough Jones

March 4, 1903 – October 1, 1916

James Paul Clarke

September 30, 1916 – March 3, 1921

William Fosgate Kirby

March 4, 1921 – November 6, 1931

Thaddeus Horatius Caraway

December 9, 1931 – January 3, 1945

Hattie Ophelia Wyatt Caraway

January 3, 1945 – December 31, 1974

James William Fulbright

January 3, 1975 – January 3, 1999

Dale Leon Bumpers

January 6, 1999 –

Blanche Lambert Lincoln

 
State Song

Arkansas

Written by: Terry Rose and Gary Klaff

It's the spirit of the mountains and the spirit of the Delta
It's the spirit of the Capitol dome.
It's the spirit of the river and the spirit of the lakes,
It's the spirit that's in each and every home.
It's the spirit of the people and the spirit of the land,
It's the spirit of tomorrow and today.

Chorus

Oh Arkansas, Oh Arkansas, Arkansas U.S.A.
It's the spirit of friendship, it's the spirit of hope
It's the Razorbacks every game they play.
Oh Arkansas, Oh Arkansas, Arkansas U.S.A.

It's the spirit of the forest, it's the spirit of the eagle.
It's the spirit of the country that we love.
It's the spirit of pride that we all feel deep inside,
It's the spirit that shines from above.
It's the spirit of our fathers, it's the spirit of our kids,
It's the spirit of the music that we play.

Oh Arkansas, Oh Arkansas, Oh Arkansas U.S.A.
Oh Arkansas, Oh Arkansas, Oh Arkansas U.S.A.
Oh Arkansas, Oh Arkansas, Oh Arkansas U.S.A.

Source: Informational booklet for Arkansas elementary school
students distributed by the Secretary of State

Click Left Triangle to Play Melody
State Population

1840: 30,388

1850: 209,897

1860: 435,450

1870: 484,471

1880: 802,525

1890: 1,128,179

1900: 1,311,564

1910: 1,574,449

1920: 1,752,204

1930: 1,854,482

1940: 1,949,387

1950: 1,909,511

1960: 1,786,272

1970: 1,923,322

1980: 2,286,435

1990: 2,350,725

2000: 2,673,398

 


State Capitol Building 1907
 



Arkansas




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