August 31, 2007
Ambrose Hundley Sevier, one of the first two U.S. senators chosen by the Arkansas legislature in 1836, resigned his seat not long after he was reelected in 1848. His resignation made it possible for him to fulfill an appointment by President James Polk as one of the commissioners to implement the treaty that ended the recent war with Mexico. Sevier was expected to return to the Senate but was defeated by Solon Borland when he attempted to reclaim his seat. In poor health, he died in December 1848.