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 William Meade Fishback

William Meade Fishback

Birth
Jefferson, Powhatan County, Virginia, USA
Death 9 Feb 1903 (aged 71)
Fort Smith, Sebastian County, Arkansas, USA
Burial Fort Smith, Sebastian County, Arkansas, USA
Memorial ID 20855 · View Source
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17th governor of Arkansas. William Meade Fishback was born in Virginia on November 5, 1831, to a successful farming family. He graduated from the University of Virginia in 1855. While working as a schoolteacher, he began studying law, eventually passing the Illinois bar in 1857. He moved to Arkansas, where he also began practicing law. In 1861, he was named as a Unionist delegate to the secession convention, but ended up voting for secession. When war came to Arkansas, he left the state, serving as the editor of the St. Louis Democrat. Following the fall of Little Rock in 1863, Fishback was asked to return to Arkansas and raise a Union regiment. Instead he raised a newspaper, The Unconditional Union. He attempted to construct a Loyalist government and was instrumental in drafting the Loyalist Constitution of 1864. He was elected to the United States Senate; however, Congress would not allow him to take his seat. He married Adelaide Miller in 1867, and they had six children. After the war, Fishback became the federal treasury agent for Arkansas, and also practiced law in Fort Smith, Arkansas. He changed his party loyalty from Republican to Democrat, becoming the Democratic nominee for the State Legislature, where he served until 1881. He drafted the "Fishback Amendment," which attemped to reduce much of Arkansas’ debt at the time. The amendment was passed during the 1884 general election. He became the Democratic nominee for governor in 1892, soundly defeating two other candidates. As governor, he worked toward vigorously promoting the state of Arkansas. After leaving public office in 1895, he resumed his legal practice in Fort Smith. On February 9, 1903, William M. Fishback died of a stroke. He was buried at Oak Cemetery in Fort Smith, Arkansas.

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  • Added: 20 Mar 2001
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  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for William Meade Fishback (5 Nov 1831–9 Feb 1903), Find A Grave Memorial no. 20855, citing Oak Cemetery, Fort Smith, Sebastian County, Arkansas, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .