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Butler Center for Arkansas Studies
Faucette Brothers papers
12.0 Linear feet
This collection contains the personal, political, and business correspondence of the Faucette brothers during a period of nearly twenty years. William Chesley Faucette and James Peter Faucette, brothers, are inextricably linked to the early history of Argenta and North Little Rock. William C. was primarily responsible for the separation of Argenta from the city of Little Rock, and both men served as mayor of the new city.
This collection is chronologically arranged in four series: Personal, Political, Business, and Oversized material.
Scope and Contents
This collection contains the personal, political, and business correspondence of the Faucette brothers during a period of nearly twenty years.
Born in Pope Station, Panola County, Mississippi, the Faucette brothers came to Arkansas in 1881, when their family settled at Searcy, and later at Dover and Russellville in Pope County. In 1883, W. C. Faucette moved to Argenta where he worked for the railroad, and in January 1888, the brothers went into private business as partners. Their first major undertaking was the creation of the North Little Rock Ice and Electric Company. In March 1901, they established Faucette Brothers Bank, later known as Twin City Bank. Real estate eventually became the major business of the Faucette brothers after they sold the bank.
It was in the area of politics that the Faucettes are most remembered to history. In April 1893, W. C. Faucette was elected as one of the two eighth ward (Argenta) aldermen on the Little Rock City Council. In 1903, he ran unsuccessfully for mayor of Little Rock. Shortly after his defeat for mayor of Little Rock, W. C. Faucette succeeded in separating Argenta from Little Rock, and in April 1904, he was elected the first mayor of the new city. He served until 1909, when he resigned, but was chosen mayor again by the city council when Mayor E. A. Ramsey resigned in September 1910. In January 1911, he resigned again as mayor in order to assume his seat in the Arkansas House of Representatives. With W. C. safely seated in the legislature, James P. Faucette was selected by the city council to serve as mayor. He was elected again in 1913 and 1915, serving until April 1917. The Faucette political machine was dramatically weakened in January 1914, when W. C. Faucette died, although J. P. succeeded in constructing a large city hall. Even after his term as mayor was over, J. P. maintained a strong presence in municipal political affairs. He died in 1956.
This record series is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.
Business -- Records -- Arkansas -- North Little Rock.
Faucette, James Peter, 1867-1956
Faucette, William Chesley, 1865-1914
Industries -- Arkansas -- North Little Rock.
Municipal government -- Arkansas -- North Little Rock.
Political participation -- Arkansas -- North Little Rock.
Railroads -- Construction -- Arkansas -- North Little Rock.
Rose City Cotton Oil Mill. (Rose City, Ark.)
Twin City Bank. (North Little Rock, Ark.)
Restrictions on Access
Restrictions on Use
Non-circulating, in-house use only.
Faucette Brothers Papers, MSS.98.21, Butler Center for Arkansas Studies, Arkansas Studies Institute