Sid McMath, from the cover of his autobiography Promises Kept (University of Arkansas Press, 2003)
|Date of birth||June 14, 1912|
|Place of birth||Magnolia, Arkansas|
|Date of death||October 4, 2003(age 91)|
|Place of death||Little Rock, Arkansas|
|Spouse||Elaine Braughton McMath, 1937 |
Anne Phillips McMath, 1944
Betty Dortch Russell McMath, 1996
|In office||January 11, 1949 - January 13, 1953|
|Lieutenant||Nathan Green Gordon|
|Succeeded by||Francis Cherry|
|Preceded by||Benjamin Travis Laney|| |
Sidney Sanders McMath (June 14, 1912 - October 4, 2003) was a decorated U.S. Marine, attorney and the 34th Governor of Arkansas (1949 - 1953) who, in defiance of his state's political establishment, championed rapid rural electrification, massive highway and school construction, the building of the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, strict bank and utility regulation, repeal of the poll tax, open and honest elections and broad expansion of opportunity for black citizens in the decade following World War II.
McMath remained loyal to President Harry S. Truman during the "Dixiecrat" rebellion of 1948, campaigning throughout the South for Truman's re-election. As a former governor, McMath led the opposition to segregationist Governor Orval Faubus following the 1957 Little Rock school crisis. He later became one of the nation's foremost trial lawyers, representing thousands of injured persons in precedent-setting cases and mentoring several generations of young attorneys.