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Orval Faubus

Orval FaubusAKA Orval Eugene Faubus

Born: 7-Jan-1910
Birthplace: Combs, AR
Died: 14-Dec-1994
Location of death: Conway, AR
Cause of death: Cancer - Prostate
Remains: Buried, Combs Cemetery, Combs, AR

Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Politician
Party Affiliation: Democratic

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Governor of Arkansas, 1955-67

Military service: US Army (WWII, intelligence officer, Maj.)

Notorious for calling out the Arkansas National Guard in 1957 to prevent nine negro students from entering Little Rock Central High School. In response, Dwight D. Eisenhower sent Federal troops for force the issue. While losing the battle, his actions made him quite popular, winning the Governor's office in four subsequent elections.

Father: John Samuel Faubus
Mother: Addie Joslin
Wife: Celia Alta Haskins (m. 1931, div. 1969, one son)
Son: Farrell (d. 1976 drug overdose)
Wife: Elizabeth Westmoreland (div., d. 3-Mar-1983 murder, strangled in bathtub)
Wife: Jan Hines Wittenberg (teacher, m. 1986, until his death)

    University: Commonwealth College, Arkansas

    Governor of Arkansas (11-Jan-1955 to 10-Jan-1967)
    Arkansas State Official State Highway Commissioner (1951-)
    Arkansas State Official Madison County Circuit Clerk (1938-)
    American Legion
    Disabled American Veterans
    Benevolent & Protective Order of the Elks
    Lions Club
    Sons of Confederate Veterans
    Veterans of Foreign Wars
    Risk Factors: Pacemaker

Author of books:
Down from the Hills (1980, memoir)
Down from the Hills II (1986, memoir)

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