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William Ben CRAVENS

(1872-1939)

CRAVENS, William Ben, (father of William Fadjo Cravens and cousin of Jordan Edgar Cravens), a Representative from Arkansas; born in Fort Smith, Sebastian County, Ark., January 17, 1872; attended the common schools, Louisville (Ky.) Military Academy, and Staunton (Va.) Military Academy; was graduated from the law department of the University of Missouri at Columbia in 1893; was admitted to the Arkansas bar the same year and commenced practice in Fort Smith, Ark.; city attorney of Fort Smith 1898-1902; served as prosecuting attorney for the twelfth judicial district of Arkansas 1902-1908; elected as a Democrat to the Sixtieth, Sixty-first, and Sixty-second Congresses (March 4, 1907-March 3, 1913); was not a candidate for reelection in 1912 to the Sixty-third Congress; resumed the practice of law; elected to the Seventy-third and to the three succeeding Congresses and served from March 4, 1933, until his death in Washington, D.C., on January 13, 1939; interment in Oak Cemetery, Fort Smith, Ark.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present

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