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Maxwell Lyons Sr. papers

Maxwell Lyons Sr. papers

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Finding aid for the Maxwell Lyons Sr. papers

BC.MSS.11.156

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

December 15, 2011



Repository: Butler Center for Arkansas Studies
Creator:Lyons, Maxwell J., Sr., 1896-1978
Title: Maxwell Lyons Sr. papers
Dates: 1917-1947
Quantity: 1.83 Linear feet
Abstract:This collection contains materials related to the military service of Maxwell J. Lyons Sr., including numerous letters from World War I.
Identification: BC.MSS.11.156
Language: English

Arrangement

This collection is arranged topically and chronologically.


Scope and Contents

This collection contains materials related to the military service of Maxwell J. Lyons Sr., including numerous letters written by Lyons during his World War I service. The rest of the collection is made up of other related correspondence and military documents, photographs, and a scrapbook.


Biographical Information

Maxwell Joseph Lyons was born in Little Rock, Arkansas, on May 30, 1896. After the outbreak of World War I, he left Princeton University to enlist in the Army, but was turned away twice for being overweight for his height. He then tried to enlist in the National Guard with the same result before moving on the U.S. Marine Corps. Although he faced the same weight regulations with the USMC, the examining physician did not believe his weight should stop Lyons from service and encouraged him to continue to push for acceptance. Eventually, Lyons traveled to Washington D.C. and sought the help of Congressman Henderson M. Jacoway to reach the military officials. In December 1917, he was finally successful. Soon after enlisting, Lyons was sent to France with the 6th Marines. He was recommended for the Distinguished Service Cross for his service and was awarded the Silver Star, as well as the Croix de Guerre and Fors a Guerre from France. After the armistice was signed, Lyons remained in Germany with the Army of Occupation before returning to the United States in April 1919.

Lyons was president of the Lyons Machinery Company, a family business. He was involved with the Marine Corps League and served as state commandant during World War II. He died in October 1978 in Little Rock.


Index Terms

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

Lyons, Maxwell J., Sr., 1896-1978
Marine Corps League (U.S.).
World War, 1914-1918 -- Arkansas
World War, 1914-1918 -- Campaigns -- France
World War, 1939-1945 -- Arkansas

Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

Unrestricted access.

Restrictions on Use

Non-circulating, in-house use only.


Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Maxwell Lyons Sr. papers, MSS.11.156, Butler Center for Arkansas Studies, Arkansas Studies Institute

Acquisition Information

Donated by Mac Lyons, 2011


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