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William Champ Rodgers papers

William Champ Rodgers papers

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Finding aid for the William Champ Rodgers papers

BC.MSS.14.44

Butler Center for Arkansas Studies
100 Rock Street
Little Rock, Arkansas, 72201
(501) 320-5700
arkinfo@cals.org

December 12, 2014



Repository: Butler Center for Arkansas Studies
Creator:Westbrook, Parker
Title: William Champ Rodgers papers
Dates: 1883-1961
Quantity: 2.25 Linear feet
Abstract:This collection contains letters and professional documents from the legal and political career of William Champ Rodgers, a mayor of Nashville, Arkansas, who was later elected to the Arkansas Senate and twice served as acting governor.
Identification: BC.MSS.14.44
Language: English
Permanent URL:http://purl.oclc.org/arstudies/bc-mss-1444

Arrangement

The items in this collection are arranged topically and, where practical, chronologically.


Scope and Contents

This collection consists of letters and professional documents from the legal and political career of William Champ Rodgers, a mayor of Nashville, Arkansas, who was later elected to the Arkansas Senate and twice served as acting governor. The collection also contains records from the social life of Rodger's wife, Cora Williamson Rodgers, who was active in several Nashville clubs and societies.


Biographical Information

William Champ Rodgers was born in Texas on October 15, 1863. His family had relocated from Arkansas during the Civil War while his father, Colonel Benjamin K. Rodgers, was in charge of the Confederate salt works in Van Zandt County, Texas. After the war ended, the family returned to White County, Arkansas and Rodgers relocated to Nashville, Howard County, Arkansas in 1886. He worked as a bookkeeper and studied law on this own. Rodgers was admitted to the bar in 1887. He married Cora Virginia Williamson in 1890 and the couple had a son, Samuel.

W. C. Rodgers served one term as mayor of Nashville around 1900 and as state senator from 1911-1915. He was chosen president pro tempore of the Senate and, as such, twice served as acting governor when Governor George Donaghey was out of the state in 1912 and 1913.

After his term ended in 1915, Rodgers returned to Nashville, where he continued to practice law until his retirement around 1950. He died in a nursing home in Nashville on December 15, 1961, the last surviving charter member of the Arkansas Bar Association. Rodgers was an Episcopalian and a member of the Masonic Lodge.

Cora Virginia Williamson Rodgers was born in Sardis, Mississippi, in 1865. As a resident of Nashville, Arkansas, she was active in the Women's Literary Club (to which she contributed essays regularly), the Tuesday Music Club, and the Daughters of the Confederacy. She was also a member of the United Presbyterian Women's Auxiliary.


Index Terms

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

Arkansas -- Biography.
Arkansas -- History -- 20th century.
Arkansas -- Politics and government -- 1865-1950.
Arkansas -- Social life and customs.
Arkansas. Legislature
Howard County (Ark.)
Lawyers -- Arkansas.
Nashville (Ark.)
Presbyterian Church -- United States -- History.
Rodgers, William Champ, 1863-1961
Women -- Arkansas -- Societies and clubs.

Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

Unrestricted access.

Restrictions on Use

Non-circulating, in-house use only.


Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

William Champ Rodgers papers, MSS.14.44, Butler Center for Arkansas Studies, Arkansas Studies Institute

Acquisition Information

Donated by Parker Westbrook, October 7, 2007. Separated from the Lucille and Parker Westbrook collection, MSS.07.65.


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