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Warren E. Lenon materials

Warren E. Lenon Materials

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Finding aid for the Warren E. Lenon Materials

MSS.97.31

Butler Center for Arkansas Studies
100 Rock Street
Little Rock, Arkansas, 72201
(501) 320-5711



Repository: Butler Center for Arkansas Studies
Creator:Lenon, Warren E., 1867-1946
Title: Warren E. Lenon Materials
Dates: 1892-1930
Quantity: 0.3 Linear feet
Abstract:This collection includes business and political materials that were collected by Mr. Lenon during the time that he was a leading business and political force in the City of Little Rock.
Identification: MSS.97.31
Language: English

Arrangement

The collection consists of one box of materials, including a scrapbook. The materials are filed in four file folders within a single box.


Scope and Contents

This collection includes business and political materials that were collected by Mr. Lenon during the time that he was a leading business and political force in the City of Little Rock.


Biographical Note

Warren E. Lenon arrived in Little Rock in 1888 from his native Iowa and was a business leader and politician in the city until his death in 1946. He was born October 8, 1867, in Panora, Iowa, one of eleven children of John D. and Margaret M. Long Lenon. After completing public schools in Iowa, twenty-year-old Warren moved to Little Rock in 1888, where he immediately involved himself in business enterprises, including helping to organize an abstract company. In 1902, he organized the Peoples Savings Bank, which he continued to lead for several decades. He also became very active in real estate work, serving as an officer of the City Realty Company, the Factory Land Company, the Mountain Park Land Company, and the Pulaski Heights Land Company. With his partners in the latter company, he helped create the community of Pulaski Heights, Little Rock's first streetcar suburb. In addition to his business efforts, Lenon was known for his political involvement. From 1895 to 1903, he was a Little Rock alderman, and in 1903, he was elected Mayor of the city. As Mayor, he is best known for his unsuccessful efforts to regain control over Argenta (later known as North Little Rock) which seceded from Little Rock in 1903(?). Known as a "progressive," Mayor Lenon was proud of the Little Rock City Hall and the city's Carnegie Library, both of which he supported during his tenure as Mayor. In 1889, Lenon married Clara M. Mercer, a native of Davenport, Iowa. They had three children. Lenon died June 25, 1946. He was survived by a son, W. E. Lenon Jr.; a daughter, Mrs. Joe R. Brewer; and a granddaughter, Mrs. Skip Rostker.


Index Terms

This record series is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.

Lenon, Warren E., 1867-1946
Little Rock (Ark.) -- Politics and government.

Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

Unrestricted access.

Restrictions on Use

Non-circulating; in-house use only.


Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Warren E. Lenon Materials, MSS 97-31, Butler Center for Arkansas Studies, Arkansas Studies Institute


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