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Michael Pleasant Huddleston Miscellaneous Materials

Identifier: MS H866 366 366A

Scope and Content Note

This collection contains speeches, essays, clippings and other printed ephemera, licenses, certificate, and other materials pertaining to the professional and political career and to the literary and educational interests of the Tennessee-born lawyer from Paragould, Arkansas who was valedictorian of his class in the Law Depart­ment of Arkansas Industrial University (1897); who, as a member and president pro tem of the Arkansas State Senate, served on occasion as acting governor of the state (1901-1905); and who was elected prose­cuting attorney of the state's Second Judicial District in 1912.


  • Creation: circa 1897-1917


Language of Materials

Materials are in English.

Access Information

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Use Information

No Use Restrictions Apply.

No Interlibrary Loan.

Standard Federal Copyright Laws Apply (U.S. Title 17).

Biographical Note

Michael Pleasant Huddleston (August 5, 1872 - January 3, 1938), was the son of Reverend J.M. Huddleston, a Baptist minister. Born in Tennessee, he moved to Arkansas when he was seventeen years old and lived in Paragould for almost forty years. A graduate of the University of Arkansas School of Law in Little Rock, he was a well-known attorney who at one time was a law partner of J. Marion Futrell. From 1893 to 1897 he was chief clerk in the United States Land Office in Little Rock. Elected to the Senate in 1900 and reelected in 1902, he was chosen president pro tem of the Senate in 1901. In that capacity Huddleston served on a half dozen occasions, from a few days to over a month, as acting governor during absences of Governor Jeff Davis from the state. So frequently was he called upon to fili the governor's office that one newspaper suggested that he "take up permanent residence in the city of Little Rock."

While acting governor in July, 1901, Huddleston attracted considerable publicity by a rigid enforcement of the Wilson anti-gambling law which for a time closed down all "gambling dens" in Little Rock. Defeated by Thaddeus Caraway in 1908 for the position of prosecuting attorney of the Second Judicial District, he was elected to that office four years later. In 1916 he announced as a can­didate for election as attorney general of Arkansas, but withdrew his candidacy shortly thereafter, without undertaking any active campaign for the office. There­after, he practiced law in Paragould. (Biographical note by Willard B. Gatewood, Jr., as revised by Wanda Rankin)


0.5 Linear Feet (1 box and 1 broadside)

Arrangement of the Papers

Items are organized by type and chronologically.

Acquisition Information

The Michael Pleasant Huddleston Miscellaneous Materials were donated to Special Collections by Wanda Rankin of Nogales, Arizona, in June 1980, through Willard B. Gatewood, Jr.

Processing Information

Processed by Samuel Sizer; completed March 1981.


Michael Pleasant Huddleston Miscellaneous Materials
Samuel Sizer
March 1981
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Language of description note
Finding aid is written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Department Repository

University of Arkansas Libraries
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