Date of Award


Document Type



Political Science

First Reader

Dr. Douglas Reed

Second Reader

Professor Lavell Cole

Third Reader

Dr. Johnny Wink


Without a backward glance Bob Riley, his wife, Claudia, and their daughter, Megan negotiated the Capitol stairway to the bottom floor, while above them in the House chamber legislators waited for the arrival of the 39th governor of Arkansas. At the bottom of the steps Vaughn Webb, an aide in the Secretary of State's office, presented Riley with an Arkansas state flag that had flown that morning of January 14, 1975, while several admirers applauded from the second floor railing above. Riley then left for Arkadelphia, where he would resume his role as head of the Political Science department at Ouachita Baptist University in time for spring registration. 1 So ended both the governorship and the political career of Dr. Bob Riley. The previous year's heralding of destruction during the 11 1/2-day tenure of Riley had come to naught, and a small piece of Arkansas history had come to an end.



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