November 30, 2007
In 1829, President Andrew Jackson appointed prominent Kentucky politician John Pope the territorial governor of Arkansas. As governor, Pope promoted migration and economic development and worked to rid the area of its violent reputation. Pope was appointed to a second term, but in 1835, due to a disagreement with President Jackson, he was replaced by William Futon, the last territorial governor. Pope returned to Kentucky, where he was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives. He died at age seventy-two in 1845.