October 14, 2012

Jeff Davis, whose 1901–1907 governorship was one of the most tumultuous in Arkansas history, is shown here in a 1908 photo. Davis was born near Rocky Comfort (Little River County) in 1862 and was named after Confederate president Jeff Davis. His tenure in office proved extremely divisive, creating for him many enemies. However, Davis dominated Democratic politics in the state in the early years of the twentieth century, being elected to the office of governor three times and going on to become a U.S. senator.

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