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Bob Compton papers

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Finding aid for the Bob Compton Papers

MSS.08.03

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



Repository: Butler Center for Arkansas Studies
Creator:Compton, Robert Curran, 1929-2005
Title: Bob Compton Papers
Dates: 1967-1970
Quantity: 2.5 Linear feet
Abstract:The collection contains political and campaign correspondence often with attachments of potential contacts, news clippings, and flyers. It also contains event schedules, notes, speeches, and other media related material.
Identification: MSS.08.03
Language: English

Arrangement

The collection is arranged alphabetically.


Scope and Contents

The collection contains political and campaign correspondence often with attachments of potential contacts, news clippings, and flyers. It also contains event schedules, notes, speeches, and other media related material.


Biographical Note

Robert (Bob) Curran Compton was born March 27, 1929, in El Dorado, Arkansas, to the parents of Thomas Junious and Virginia Knox Compton. He attended public schools in Prescott, Nevada County, Arkansas. Compton received a bachelor of arts (B.A.) in 1949 from Hendrix College in Conway, and bachelor of laws degree (LL.B.) in 1952 from the University of Arkansas School of Law at Fayetteville. He married Margaret Villee and the couple had three children: Bob Jr., Cathleen, and Walter Compton. Compton was a special agent for the Federal Bureau of Investigations from 1952-1953. In 1954, he became a partner in the firm of Brown, Compton, Prewett and Dickens; and with Compton, Prewett, Thomas and Hickey, in 1982. He was a member of the Union County Bar Association and the Arkansas Bar Association where he served as president from 1975-1976. He received the Arkansas Best Lawyer award in 1988. He was also a member of the American Bar Association. In 1965 and 1987, Compton was a special justice of the Arkansas Supreme Court and special chief justice in 1989. In 1970, Compton was an Arkansas gubernatorial candidate on the Democratic ticket. He officially announced his candidacy on March 31, 1970 and opened his state campaign office in El Dorado. However, he was unsuccessful in the primary. In a runoff election, Dale Bumpers defeated candidate and former Arkansas governor, Orval Faubus for the Democratic nomination. Bumpers then won the general election over incumbent republican governor, Winthrop Rockefeller. Compton, after closing out his campaign, returned to his law practice. The University of Arkansas School of Law at Fayetteville, designated one of its main classrooms as the Robert C. Compton Classroom in a dedication held on May 14, 2004. He died August 6, 2005 at the age of 76, in El Dorado, Arkansas.


Index Terms

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

Arkansas -- Politics and government.
Arkansas Democratic Party. State Central Committee.
Compton, Margaret Vilee
Compton, Robert Curran, 1929-2005
El Dorado (Ark.)
Elections -- Arkansas -- History -- 20th century.
Fort Smith (Ark.)
Little Rock (Ark.)
Prescott (Ark.)
University of Arkansas. (Fayetteville, Ark.)

Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

Unrestricted access.

Restrictions on Use

Non-circulating, in-house use only.


Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Bob Compton Papers, MSS 08-03, Butler Center for Arkansas Studies, Arkansas Studies Institute

Acquisition Information

Donated, 2008


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