Happy Birthday Joe Purcell! Friday marked 99 years since his birth

Friday marked a special local historical occasion: On this Day in Arkansas History РJune 29, 1923 Р99 Years Ago РJoe Purcell was born in Warren (Bradley County). Purcell was a lawyer and politician who shocked the political establishment in 1966 by defeating the state’s colorful attorney general, Bruce Bennett, in the Democratic primary. Although Purcell never realized his dream of becoming governor, he was elected attorney general twice and lieutenant governor three times during his political career. He was a colorful raconteur and usually had a pipe going. Thanks to Encyclopedia of Arkansas. He was acting Governor for 6 Days between the administration of David Pryor and Bill Clinton.

By Maylon Rice
By Maylon Rice

Saline River Chronicle Freelance Feature Contributor

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