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John Purtle Papers, 1967-1989

John Purtle Papers, 1967-1989

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John Purtle Papers, 1967-1989 UALR.MS.0101

UALR Center for Arkansas History and Culture
401 President Clinton Avenue
Little Rock, AR, 72201
archives@ualr.edu



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Creation: This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2016-02-24T14:46-0600
Language: English

Repository: UALR Center for Arkansas History and Culture
Title: John Purtle Papers, 1967-1989
Dates: 1967-1989
Quantity: 7.0 linear feet; 12 document boxes and 1 OV box
Identification: UALR.MS.0101
Language:

Scope and Contents Note

The collection contains personal, inmate, and political correspondence; biographical information; Democratic Party material; campaign records for the years 1976, 1978, and 1982; Arkansas Reports correspondence; judicial papers; and certificates, brochures, campaign poster, awards and photographs.


Biographical Note

John Ingram Purtle was born in Enola, Faulkner County, Arkansas, on 1923 September 7 to John Wesley and Edna Ingram Purtle. He married his first wife, Marion Ruth White, on 1951 December 31 and together they had a son, Jeff Purtle, and a daughter, Lisa Purtle. John married Phyllis Harris three years after Marion's death in 1995.

After being called to active duty 1940 December 12, Purtle served five years as an army infantryman in the Pacific Theatre and then enrolled at Arkansas State Teachers College (now University of Central Arkansas) in Conway, Arkansas. He later attended law school at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville.

In 1950 Purtle was admitted to the bar and began his law practice. He was elected to the Arkansas Legislature in 1968 where he served a single term as state representative from Pulaski County. In 1978, Purtle was elected to the Arkansas Supreme Court where he served until his retirement in 1989. In 1985 Purtle became the first sitting Justice to be indicted on felony charges. He was accused and later acquitted on charges of complicity in an arson-for-profit scheme.

Purtle was active in Geyer Springs Baptist Church and Second Baptist Church, both in Little Rock. He returned to Conway upon his retirement and was a member of the Woodland Heights Baptist Church. Purtle died 2010 September 14 at Hospice Home Care in Little Rock and is buried at Crestlawn Memorial Park in Conway, Arkansas.


Arkansas. Supreme Court
Arkansas--Politics and government--20th century
Elections--Arkansas--History--20th century
Jurisprudence
Political campaigns--Arkansas--History--20th century
Purtle, John I., 1923-2010

Restrictions

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.


Administrative Information

Citation Notes

Bibliographic citation:

John Purtle Papers, 1967-1989, UALR.MS.0101. UALR Center for Arkansas History and Culture, Arkansas Studies Institute, Little Rock.

Footnote or Endnote info:

Description of item, file number, box number, John Purtle Papers, 1967-1989, UALR.MS.0101.

Processing by:

Mary Brewer, Graduate Student, University of Arkansas at Little Rock, 1991.

Encoded by: Jessica Erwin, Graduate Student, University of Arkansas at Little Rock, 2015.


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