October 12, 1836

Hiram Abiff Whittington married Mary Burnham in Boston, Massachusetts. They later moved back to Hot Springs (Garland County) and lived in the “Magnolia House,” the present-day site of the Majestic Hotel. Whittington is known today for his establishment of Arkansas’s first lending library. He also served as a state representative, and his letters home to Boston are a valuable source of information about early frontier Arkansas.

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