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Leffel and U. A. Gentry Papers, 1949-1955
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Scope and Contents Note
This collection contains correspondence and legal materials concerning Little Rock attorneys Leffel and U. A. Gentry. Correspondence concerns Leffel Gentry's role as friend and advisor to Governor Francis Cherry and his position as Democratic State Committee Chair in 1954. Letters include requests for employment, liquor licences, board and commission appointments, and discussion of the 1953 Legislative Session. Lawsuits concern the Little Rock Dunbar Redevelopment Project in 1952 and a Jim Crow era case concerning African Americans riding on public buses in 1949.
Usco A. Gentry was a native of Hope, Arkansas, and was born in 1888. An attorney, he served two terms as state representative (1915 and 1917), and one term as state senator (1927). He served as a legislative aide to Governor J. M. Futrell in 1933. He was appointed Insurance Commissioner that same year and held this position until 1937 when Carl Bailey became governor. In 1953 he was again appointed Insurance Commissioner by Governor Francis Cherry. Usco died 1976 September 1 in Pulaski County.
Leffel Gentry was the son of U. A. Gentry. He received his law degree from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville. He served as a lawyer in the State Attorney General's Office and was chief attorney for the Office of Price Stabilization. He served as campaign manager for Francis Cherry in 1953. In 1967 he ran for the Office of Pulaski County circuit judge, but was defeated. In 1970 he was appointed an examiner for the Social Security Administration. Leffel died 1988 April 23.
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Leffel and U. A. Gentry Papers, 1949-1955, UALR.MS.0066. UALR Center for Arkansas History and Culture, Arkansas Studies Institute, Little Rock.
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