The Special Senatorial Election of 1937 and Its Legacy for Arkansas Politics
Ledbetter, Calvin R., Jr., The Arkansas Historical Quarterly
ON OCTOBER 18, 1937, Arkansas governor Carl Bailey, the Democratic nominee, and Congressman John E. Miller, running as an independent, opposed each other in a special general election to fill a seat in the U.S. Senate left vacant by the sudden death of Sen. Joe T. Robinson. This contest and its aftermath forced changes in the way elections were conducted in Arkansas, shattered some myths about one-party dominance in the state, and enhanced the power of the governor-something that had not often been done since Reconstruction ended. It also marked another chapter in the bitter feud between Bailey and Homer Adkins that divided the state for ten years. Coming almost one year before the famous …
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Publication information: Article title: The Special Senatorial Election of 1937 and Its Legacy for Arkansas Politics. Contributors: Ledbetter, Calvin R., Jr. - Author. Journal title: The Arkansas Historical Quarterly. Volume: 63. Issue: 1 Publication date: Spring 2004. Page number: 1+. © Arkansas Historical Association, Department of History, University of Arkansas Autumn 2008. Provided by ProQuest LLC. All Rights Reserved.
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