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George H. Benjamin scrapbook

George H. Benjamin Scrapbook

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Finding aid for the George H. Benjamin Scrapbook

MSS.97.10

Butler Center for Arkansas Studies
100 Rock Street
Little Rock, Arkansas, 72201
(501) 320-5700



Repository: Butler Center for Arkansas Studies
Creator:Benjamin, George Henry, Sr., 1903-1962
Title: George H. Benjamin Scrapbook
Dates: 1955-1963
Quantity: 1.25 Linear feet
Abstract:A scrapbook presented to the widow of George H. Benjamin by the National Autombile Dealers Association commemorating the efforts of Benjamin and others towards having the Pea Ridge Battlefield made into a national park.
Identification: MSS.97.10
Language: English

Arrangement

This collection consists of one scrapbook and is filed in one box.


Scope and Contents

A scrabook presented to the widow of George H. Benjamin by the National Autombile Dealers Association commemorating the efforts of Benjamin and others towards having the Pea Ridge Battlefield made into a national park.


Biographical Note

George Henry Benjamin Sr. was born November 16, 1903, near Thompson, Georgia. His parents were Robert Cameron Benjamin and Minnie Copeland Benjamin. He graduated from the Institute of Banking in Chattanooga, Tennessee. He married Norma Harris of Camden, Arkansas. They had one son, George Henry Benjamin Jr. Benjamin moved his family to Little Rock in 1945. He became vice president of the National Automobile Dealers Association, and was a member of numerous civic organizations. He was also an active member of Christ Episcopal Church in Little Rock. Benjamin is listed in Who is Who in Arkansas by Bessie Butler Newsom Allard.

Benjamin was a nationally-known public speaker, fulfilling over 500 speaking engagements around the country. He was once featured in a "Strange as it Seems" column by Elsie Nix. Walter B. Cooper of Ft. Collins, Colorado, tested a remark made at a convention that "everybody knows Benjamin" by mailing a letter to him with no address just Benjamin's picture taped to the front of the envelope. Benjamin received the letter in Little Rock three days later. In July 1955, Benjamin and his family made a tour of several Civil War battlefields. After his return to Arkansas, Benjamin advocated for the creation of a national park at the site of the Battle of Pea Ridge. Governor Orval Faubus created the Pea Ridge Battlefield Restoration Committee in September 1955, and appointed Benjamin state chairman of the committee. Benjamin garnered support from many nationally-prominent leaders and from several national organizations. Senator John L. McClellan introduced a bill which was passed by Congress and signed by President Eisenhower, making Pea Ridge Battlefield a national military park. George H. Benjamin died April 8, 1962. Pea Ridge Battlefield National Military Park was dedicated June 3, 1963. The National Automobile Dealers Association presented Mrs. Benjamin with a scrapbook commemorating the efforts made by her husband and others toward having the Pea Ridge Battlefield made into a national park.


Index Terms

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

Battlefields -- Arkansas.
Benjamin, George Henry, Sr., 1903-1962
Pea Ridge (Ark.)

Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

Unrestricted Access

Restrictions on Use

Non-circulating, in-house use only.


Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

George H. Benjamin Scrapbook, MSS 97-10, Butler Center for Arkansas Studies, Arkansas Studies Institute

Acquisition Information

Donated by Mrs. George H. Benjamin, 1970


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