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1836 House of Representatives Chamber

1836 House of Representatives Chamber

In 1885, the north façade of the State House was extended 70 feet toward the Arkansas River to create a larger House Chamber.

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First Families: Mingling of Politics and Culture

First Families: Mingling of Politics and Culture

The "First Families" of Arkansas varied in their background and experience. James Miller, the First Territorial Governor, spent little time in Arkansas, and his wife Ruth remained in Massachusetts.

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On the Stump: Arkansas Political History

On the Stump: Arkansas Political History

In 1819 when the Arkansas Territory was created, the elimination of property requirements for voting combined with the raucous spirit of the frontier produced a new style of mass participation in American politics.

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Pillars of Power

Pillars of Power

Anticipating Arkansas's impending statehood, Territorial Governor John Pope ordered construction to begin on a new capitol in 1833. Pope, a Kentucky
native, commissioned Kentucky State Capitol architect Gideon Shryock to design Arkansas's elegant new State House.

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