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William J. Waggoner papers

William J. Waggoner papers

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Finding aid for the William J. Waggoner papers

BC.MSS.05.15

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

February 6, 2017



Repository: Butler Center for Arkansas Studies
Creator:Waggoner, William J., 1889-1968
Title: William J. Waggoner papers
Dates: 1913-2005
Quantity: 1.46 Linear feet
Abstract:This collection contains documents and photographs from the life and work of William Jayson Waggoner of Lonoke, Arkansas.
Identification: BC.MSS.05.15
Language: English

Arrangement

This collection is arranged topically and chronologically.


Scope and Contents

The collection contains newspaper clippings, certificates, and other documents, as well as photographs, from the life and work of William J. Waggoner and his wife, of Lonoke, Arkansas.


Biographical Information

William Jayson Wagoner was born November 18, 1889, in Lonoke County, Arkansas. He was one of ten children of Nancy Munch Waggoner and Thomas J. Waggoner, who died in 1898. Nancy remarried in 1911 to William Henry Stout.

Waggoner graduated from the law department at the University of Arkansas, located in Little Rock, in June of 1913. After establishing a practice in his home town, he was elected to the Arkansas House of Representatives for the 1915 term and was reelected for the 1917 term. Waggoner resigned from his positions to be commissioned as a second lieutenant of the United States Army during World War I.

After his August 1919 discharge from the army, Waggoner returned to his law practice in Lonoke. In 1921 he was elected prosecuting attorney for the Seventeenth Judicial Circuit and served for six years. In January 1927, he was elected to serve as circuit judge for the Seventeenth District, an office he held until his death in 1968.

In addition to his service as circuit judge, Waggoner was involved both locally and around the state in politics and public service, with his name being put forward to run for governor at one point. He served as a judge for forty-one years.

On Valentine’s Day 1920, William J. Waggoner married Ruth Eagle Bradford, also from Lonoke. The couple had no children. Ruth Waggoner died on May 24, 1965, and William Waggoner passed away on October 25, 1968. They are buried in Lonoke Cemetery.


Index Terms

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

Arkansas General Assembly. House of Representatives.
Judges -- Arkansas
Lawyers -- Arkansas
Lonoke (Ark.)
Lonoke County (Ark.)
Seventeenth Judicial Circuit (Ark.)
Waggoner , Ruth Bradford, 1892-1965
Waggoner, William J., 1889-1968

Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

Unrestricted access

Restrictions on Use

Non-circulating, in-house use only


Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

William J. Waggoner papers, MSS.05.15, Butler Center for Arkansas Studies, Arkansas Studies Institute.

Acquisition Information

Donated by Jeanne McDaniel, 2005


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