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Heartsill Ragon Papers, 1919-1943

Heartsill Ragon Papers, 1919-1943

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Heartsill Ragon Papers, 1919-1943 UALR.MS.0039

UALR Center for Arkansas History and Culture
401 President Clinton Avenue
Little Rock, AR, 72201

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Creation: This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2014-04-21T16:29-0500

Repository: UALR Center for Arkansas History and Culture
Title: Heartsill Ragon Papers, 1919-1943
Dates: 1919-1943
Quantity: 4.75 Linear feet; 9.5 document boxes
Identification: UALR.MS.0039


Arranged chronologically or alphabetically within three series.

Scope and Contents Note

This collection contains the papers, chiefly correspondence, of Hiram Heartsill Ragon, U.S. district judge for the Western District of Arkansas from 1933 to 1940.

Series I: Judicial Papers. This series contains papers related to Ragon's official duties as district judge. The correspondence relates to court operations and personnel as well as requests for leniency, pardons, parole, and jury duty exemption. Other correspondence relates to such topics as construction of the Fort Smith federal building and court positions over which Ragon had direct power of appointment. This series also contains court documents arising from the S. R. Morgan bankruptcy case, Arkansas-Louisiana Gas Company v. the City of Texarkana, and other legal materials.

Series II: Political Papers. This series contains papers related to Ragon's political activities. Most of the correspondence relates to government positions over which Ragon had no direct power of appointment. Other correspondence relates to the Arkansas Democratic Party and national politics. The series also includes a collection of speeches delivered by Homer Adkins during his gubernatorial campaign and some assorted political materials (including materials from Ragon's congressional campaign).

Series III: Personal Papers. The correspondence in this series includes invitations and speech requests from various groups; requests for personal favors and loans; letters from family and friends; and correspondence related to Ragon's business affairs, including his rental properties and his interest in the Diamond Cave Corporation. The series also contains a collection of tributes and memorials that were issued upon Ragon's death, personal financial records, information on the Fort Smith Boys Club, and a 1938 Arkansas Education Association tour of Mexico. A booklet detailing the Ragon family's genealogy completes the series.

The collection includes correspondence from a number of prominent politicians, such as Homer Adkins, Carl E. Bailey, Hattie W. Caraway, Ben Cravens, Fadjo Cravens, J. William Fulbright, John E. Martineau, Joe T. Robinson, Tom J. Terral, Wallace Townsend, Claude A. Fuller, J. M. Futrell, David D. Terry and others.

UALR holds the papers of several people whose correspondence appears in this collection. See the Carl E. Bailey Papers (UALR.MS.0005 and UALR.MS.0072); Bailey Family Papers (UALR.MS.0073); Cravens Family Papers (UALR.MS.0027); W.H. Dunblazier Papers (UALR.MS.0042); Ira D. Oglesby, Jr., Papers (UALR.MS.0125); Wallace Townsend Papers (UALR.MS.0009); Fletcher-Terry Family Papers (UALR.MS.0013); Harvey Couch Papers (UALR.MS.0128); John Merrick Moore Papers (UALR.MS.0024); and Joseph S. Utley Records (UALR.MS.0059).

Biographical Note

Heartsill Ragon, son of Alfred Jackson Ragon and Anne E. Heartsill, was born in Dublin, Arkansas, 1885 March 20. He attended the College of the Ozarks and the University of Arkansas before graduating from the law department of Washington and Lee University. Ragon was admitted to the Arkansas bar in 1908 and established his practice in Clarksville. He married Mattie Smith (1894-1944). The couple had one son, Hiram Heartsill, Jr.

Like his uncle, W. B. W. Heartsill, Ragon became heavily involved in Arkansas politics. He was elected to the Arkansas House of Representatives in 1910 and served two terms before serving as U.S. District Attorney of the Western District of Arkansas from 1916 to 1920. Ragon served as secretary of the Democratic state convention in 1918 and chairman in 1920. In 1920, he attended the Democratic national convention as a delegate. Ragon was elected to Congress in 1922 and served until 1933, when he resigned to serve as U. S. district judge of the Western District of Arkansas. Ragon served in this position until his death on 1940 September 15.

Arkansas--Politics and government--20th century
Cravens, William Fadjo, Jr., 1929-2012, collector
Judges--Arkansas--History--20th century
Ragon, Heartsill, 1885-1940


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is available for viewing at the Arkansas Studies Institute.

Conditions Governing Use

The copyright law of the United States (Title 17-U.S. Code) governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyrighted material. The person using this material is liable for any infringement.

Copyright for correspondence in the collections belongs to those correspondents or their beneficiaries. Persons wanting to re-use those materials are advised to obtain permission from copyright holders.

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Citation Notes

Bibliographic citation:

Heartsill Ragon Papers, 1919-1943, UALR.MS.0039. UALR Center for Arkansas History and Culture, Arkansas Studies Institute, Little Rock.

Footnote or Endnote info:

Description of item, file number, box number, series number, Heartsill Ragon Papers, 1919-1943, UALR.MS.0039.

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