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Donaghey, George Washington

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    • Birth Date

        (edtf) 1856-07-01
    • Death Date

        (edtf) 1937-12-15
    • Has Affiliation

        • Organization: University of Arkansas
    • Birth Place

        Oakland (La.)
    • Associated Locale

        Union County (Ark.)
    • Associated Locale

        Conway (Ark.)
    • Associated Locale

        Little Rock (Ark.)
    • Associated Locale

        Faulkner County (Ark.)
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    • Occupation

                Town marshal
                  Railroad contractor
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              • Sources

                • found: Ledbetter, C. The carpenter from Conway, 1993: CIP t.p. (George Washington Donaghey)
                • found: Wikipedia, Jan. 20, 2010 (George Washington Donaghey; teacher, carpenter, contractor, and gov. of Arkansas (14 Jan. 1909-16 Jan. 1913); b. July 1, 1856; d. Dec. 15, 1937)
                • found: NUCMC data from Arkansas Hist. Comm. for His Collection, 1907-1944 (George Washington Donaghey was born July 1, 1856, in Oakland, La., to C.C. Donaghey and Elizabeth Ingram. The family moved to Union County, Ark., in 1858. After spending some time in Texas, Donaghey settled in Conway, Faulkner County, in 1880, where he remained for thirty years. On Sept. 20, 1883, he married Louvenia Wallace, a native of Darlington, S.C. Donaghey spent one year at the Univ. of Arkansas, before becoming a contractor. He was active in local politics and a strong supporter of higher education, responsible for three such institutions moving to Conway. He supported the banning of saloons, making Conway a dry city. He was elected town marshal in 1884 because of his anti-saloon stand but was defeated when he ran for mayor on the same ticket the next year. From 1899 to 1903, he gained considerable wealth while working as a railroad contractor in Indian Territory. He moved to Little Rock in 1908 and won the Democratic nomination for Governor, defeating Jeff Davis-backed William F. Kirby, and going on to win by a landslide. He was re-elected in 1910. His terms as governor were highlighted by his strong support of higher education, an emphasis on fiscal reform, and the completion of the State Capitol. After leaving the governship, he transferred ownership of the Donaghey Building and the Federal Bank and Trust Building to Little Rock Junior College, now the Univ. of Arkansas at Little Rock. The endowment was estimated at $1.5 to $2 million, making it one of the largest endowments given within the state. He died Dec. 15, 1937)
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