During the Civil War, citizens of Arkansas elected an Arkadelphia man to serve as leader of the state’s Confederate government. Harris Flanagin became Arkansas governor in 1862 and held that office during some of the most tumultuous years in American history.
Flanagin was born in New Jersey in 1817. He moved first to Pennsylvania and then to Illinois before settling in Greenville in 1839, then the county seat of Clark County, where he began practicing law. In 1841, he became a deputy sheriff, and in 1842, was elected state representative and served one term. In 1848, he was elected to the state senate.
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Richter, Wendy Bradley, "Arkadelphia man elected Confederate Governor of state" (2016). Articles. 237.