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Laney, Benjamin Travis, 1896-1977


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    • Laney, Ben T. (Ben Travis), 1896-1977
  • Additional Information

    • Birth Date

        (edtf) 1896-11-25
    • Has Affiliation

        • Organization: Hendrix College
        • Organization: Arkansas Teachers' College
    • Has Affiliation

        • Affiliation Start: 1917~
        • Affiliation End: 1918
        • Organization: United States. Navy
    • Has Affiliation

        • Organization: Arkansas Penitentiary Board
    • Birth Place

        Ouachita County (Ark.)
    • Associated Locale

        Conway (Ark.)
    • Associated Locale

        Camden (Ark.)
    • Associated Locale

        Magnolia (Ark.)
    • Occupation

        Governor
          Mayor
            Drugstore owner
              Banker
                Businessman
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              • found: NUCMC data from Arkansas History Commission for His Papers, 1945-1948(Ben T. Laney; Arkansas governor, 1945-1949; Benjamin Travis Laney, Jr., was born in Jones Chapel, Ouachita County, on Nov. 25, 1896, to Benjamin Travis and Martha Ella Saxon Laney. He attended Hendrix College in Conway, Ark., leaving to serve in the Navy during World War I. After the war, Laney attended Arkansas Teachers' College and earned his degree in 1924. After graduating, Laney settled in Conway, opening a drugstore with one of his brothers and working in a local bank. On Jan. 19, 1926, he married Ethel Lucile Kirtley, and the couple went on to have three children: Benjamin Travis, Phillip E., and William David. Laney moved to Camden, Ark., in 1927 where he farmed and ran several businesses. He was elected Mayor in 1935 and re-elected in 1937. In 1941, Governor Homer Adkins appointed Laney to the Arkansas Penitentiary Board. He would remain there until he was elected Governor in 1944. Laney would go on to be re-elected in 1946, but chose not to seek re-election in 1948. During his tenure as governor, Laney accomplished several initiatives including the Stabilization Act, which pooled most separate tax funds into one operating fund. Laney also ensured the public school fund increased by more than 6 million dollars and reduced the number of school districts from 1,500 to fewer than 500. His administration also made provisions for the construction of a Governor's Mansion, War Memorial Stadium, and for the restoration of the Old State House. In 1950, Laney was frustrated with Sidney McMath and McMath's lack of support for states' rights, and chose to run for governor again. He was defeated in the Democratic Primary by Sidney McMath. After his loss, Laney remained in politics taking on a supportive role, helping the re-election campaigns of both Senators John L. McClellan and J. William Fulbright. Laney also managed Winthrop Rockefeller's Arkansas rice farms during the 1960s. In the 1970s, Laney returned to Magnolia. On Jan. 21, 1977, he suffered a heart attack at his home)
              • found: Arkansas biography, 2000(Laney, Benjamin Travis; b. Nov. 25, 1896; d. Jan. 21, 1977)
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              • 2006-07-12: new
              • 2017-10-20: revised
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