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Samuel Adams (governor)

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Date of birthJune 5, 1805
Place of birthHalifax County, Virginia
Date of deathFebruary 27, 1850(age 44)
Place of deathSaline County, Arkansas
Political partyDemocrat
Acting Governor of Arkansas
In officeApril 29, 1844 - November 5, 1844
Succeeded byThomas S. Drew
Preceded byArchibald Yell

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Samuel Adams (June 5, 1805 February 27, 1850) was a Democratic Governor of the State of Arkansas.

Samuel Adams was born in Halifax County, Virginia. Adams was self-taught and moved to Arkansas in 1835. Adams became a planter and became active in Arkansas politics.

In 1840 Adams was elected to the Arkansas Senate. He was reelected and served as president of the Senate during his second term.

On April 29, 1844, Governor Archibald Yell resigned from his office to run for the United States House of Representatives. Being president of the senate, Adams became Acting Governor of Arkansas and served until November 5, 1844.

During his short term he focused on internal improvements and education and left a surplus in the state treasury.

He was elected in 1846 to the office of State Treasurer and served in that position for the rest of his life.

Samuel Adams died in Saline County, Arkansas. Adams is buried in the historic Mount Holly Cemetery in Little Rock, Arkansas.

Adams was stepfather of Civil War General James Fleming Fagan. An engraving of Samuel Adams graced Arkansas Civil War treasury notes.

Category:Governors of Arkansas

Category:Arkansas State Senators

Category:Arkansas Democrats

Category:People from Halifax County, Virginia

Category:1805 births

Category:1850 deaths

Category:American planters

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