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G. Thomas Eisele papers

G. Thomas Eisele papers

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BC.MSS.11.147

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

January 23, 2015



Repository: Butler Center for Arkansas Studies
Creator:Eisele, Garnett Thomas, 1923-
Title: G. Thomas Eisele papers
Dates: 1948-2010
Quantity: 27.0 Linear feet
Abstract:This collection contains documents, pamphlets, journals, and photographs related to G. Thomas Eisele, his career, and family.
Identification: BC.MSS.11.147
Language: English
Permanent URL:http://purl.oclc.org/arstudies/bc-mss-11147

Arrangement

This collection is arranged topically and chronologically into six series - "Death Penalty," "Sentencing Guidlines," "Alternative Dispute Resolution," "Voting Rights," "Correspondence, Speeches, General Legal and Personal Documents," and "Photographs."


Scope and Contents

This collection contains documents, pamphlets, journals, and photographs related to G. Thomas Eisele, his career, and family.


Biographical Information

Garnett Thomas Eisele was born in Hot Springs, Arkansas, on November 3, 1923, to Garnett and Mary Eisele. He attended the University of Florida, Indiana University, and Washington University, graduating with his Bachelor and Master of Law degrees from Harvard University. Eisele interrupted his university education in 1943 when he enlisted in the U.S. Army during World War II. Eisele later served as a naval reservist from 1952 to 1961.

He married Kathryn Freygang in 1950. They had four children: Wendell Eisele, Garnett Martin Eisele, Kathryn Eisele, and Jean Eisele.

Admitted to the bar in Arkansas in 1951, Eisele served Arkansas until his retirement in 2011. Eisele worked as an attorney from 1951 to 1970. He was Assistant U.S. Attorney from 1953 to 1956. He began a private practice in 1960, which lasted until 1970. In 1964, Eisele worked as campaign manager for Winthrop Rockefeller in his bid for governor. From 1967 to 1969, he joined the office of Governor Rockefeller as private legal advisor. Eisele left Rockefeller’s office to serve as a member of the Board of Trustees for the University of Arkansas in 1969. In August 1970, he was appointed as U.S. District Judge for the Eastern District of Arkansas by President Richard Nixon. Eisele became Chief Judge of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas in March 1975, a position he held until he assumed senior status in August 1991. Eisele continued to preside over a reduced docket until his retirement in 2011. He was well known throughout the country for his stances on desegregation, sentencing guidelines, voting rights, and court-mandated alternative dispute resolutions.

Eisele received numerous awards throughout his legal career. He was named Outstanding Federal Trial Court Judge by the American Trial Lawyers Association in 1977, chosen the Best District Judge in the Eighth Circuit by The American Lawyer in 1980, and named Outstanding Federal Trial Judge by the Arkansas Trial Lawyers Association in 1989. Eisele was known as a fair but strict judge throughout his forty-one-year judicial career.


Index Terms

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

Alternative dispute resolution
Arkansas -- Law and legislation
Clemency -- Arkansas
Criminal law -- Arkansas
Criminal procedure -- Arkansas
Dispute resolution (Law)
Eisele, Garnett Thomas, 1923-
Judges -- Arkansas
United States. Sentencing Guidelines Act of 1986

Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

Unrestricted access.

Restrictions on Use

Non-circulating, in-house use only.


Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

G. Thomas Eisele papers, MSS.11.147, Butler Center for Arkansas Studies, Arkansas Studies Institute

Acquisition Information

Donated by Judge G. Thomas Eisele, 2011


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