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John Selden Roane
Birth: Jan. 8, 1817
Wilson County
Tennessee, USA
Death: Apr. 8, 1867
Pine Bluff
Jefferson County
Arkansas, USA

Civil War Confederate Brigadier General, Arkansas Govermor. Born in Lebanon, Tennessee, his uncle, Archibald Roane, was a former Tennessee governor. John Roane attended Cumberland College in Kentucky. In 1837, he relocated to Pine Bluff, Arkansas, to study law with his brother, Samuel Calhoun Roane, an Arkansas plantation owner, attorney and politician. John Roane became a prosecuting attorney for the Second Judicial District at Van Buren, Crawford County. Arkansas. He returned to Pine Bluff in 1842, and served in the House of Representatives from 1842 to 1844. In 1844, he was named Speaker of the House. Two years later, Roane was involved in the the Mexican War, becoming second in command of Archibald Yell's Arkansas regiment. He fought in the Battle of Buena Vista, which claimed the life of Archibald Yell. There was controversy over leadership of the troops in that battle, primarily from Albert Pike, who eventually fought a duel with Roane in 1847. The duel took place, but neither man was harmed in the incident. Roane became the fourth governor of Arkansas, serving from 1849 to 1852. He replaced Thomas Drew, who had resigned his office. Roane did not seek re-election. During the course of his term, Calhoun County and Sebastian County were added to the state of Arkansas, and funding for education was increased. Roane married Mary K. Smith, and the couple had five children. Roane later served as a Brigadier General during the Civil War, and fought at the Battle of Prairie Grove. Following the war, he returned to Pine Bluff. John S. Roane died on April 8, 1867. Interment was at the Oakland Cemetery in Little Rock, Arkansas. (bio by: pacifica) 
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  Mary Kimbrough Smith Roane (1833 - 1907)*
  Sallie Kimbrough Roane Lea (1855 - 1908)*
  Martha Dillion Roane Cooper (1861 - 1939)*
  Hugh Selden Roane (1865 - 1894)*
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Oakland and Fraternal Historic Cemetery Park
Little Rock
Pulaski County
Arkansas, USA
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Record added: Jul 16, 2000
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John Selden Roane
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- Darlene T.
 Added: Jan. 8, 2015
New York Times Obituary:April 22,1867Obituary:Ex-Governor John Seldon Roane, of Arkansas, died on the 8th inst., in his home near Pine Bluff, Jefferson County, that state, after a long illness. He was elected Governor of Arkansas on the Democratic ticket ...(Read more)
- Paul V. Isbell
 Added: Nov. 23, 2014
Remembering and Honoring a True Southern Hero. A Confederate Soldier who Bravely and Proudly Fought for Southern Independence During the War of Northern Aggression. Deo Vindice.
- Tony Smith SCV Camp 38, North Charleston S.C.
 Added: Aug. 7, 2014
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