Junius Marion Futrell

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Junius Marion Futrell
30th Governor of Arkansas
In office
January 10, 1933 – January 12, 1937
Acting: March 13, 1913 – July 23, 1913
Lieutenant William Lee Cazort
Preceded by Harvey Parnell
Succeeded by Carl Edward Bailey
Circuit Court Judge for the Second Judicial District of Arkansas
In office
Personal details
Born (1870-08-14)August 14, 1870
Greene County
Arkansas, USA
Died June 20, 1955(1955-06-20) (aged 84)
Little Rock, Pulaski County
Resting place Linwood Cemetery in Paragould, Arkansas
Political party Democratic
Alma mater University of Arkansas School of Law
Profession Lawyer; Farmer

Junius Marion Futrell (August 14, 1870 – June 20, 1955) was the 30th Governor of Arkansas from 1933 to 1937, and the Acting Governor for a short period in 1913.


Futrell was born in Jones Ridge in Greene County in northeastern Arkansas. Futrell attended the Arkansas Industrial University, now the University of Arkansas School of Law, from 1892 to 1893.[1]

He was admitted to the bar in Arkansas in 1913. He taught school and worked as a farmer before beginning his political career.


Futrell was elected to the Arkansas House of Representatives and served from 1896 to 1904. He was elected Circuit Court Clerk from 1906 to 1910.

Futrell was elected to the Arkansas Senate and served from 1913 to 1917. He was the Senate President from 1915 to 1917. While President of the Senate, he served as acting governor for four months in 1913 after Governor Joseph Taylor Robinson resigned.[2]

In 1922, Futrell became circuit court judge for the Second Judicial District. He served as chancellor of the district from 1923 to 1933.

Futrell was elected to a full term as governor in his own right in 1932 and reelected in 1934. In the 1932 general election, Futrell defeated the Republican J. O. Livesay, a lawyer of Foreman in Little River County in southwestern Arkansas, who had also been the gubernatorial nominee against Harvey Parnell in 1930.[3] Livesay finished the race with 8.9 percent of the vote, less than half his percent polled in 1930.[4]

The Futrell administration established the Arkansas State Planning Board and created the Arkansas Department of Public Welfare. His administration also rescinded prohibition and instituted some legalized gambling.

After leaving office, Futrell returned to the practice of law.


Futrell died in 1955 in Little Rock and is interred at Linwood Cemetery in Paragould.[5]


  1. ^ "Junius Marion Futrell (1870–1955)". The Encyclopedia of Arkansas History & Culture. Retrieved August 18, 2012. 
  2. ^ "Arkansas Governor Junius Marion Futrell". National Governors Association. Retrieved August 18, 2012. 
  3. ^ "Index to Politicians: Little-dog to Livings". politicalgraveyard.com. Retrieved April 9, 2012. 
  4. ^ Robert A. Diamond, ed., Congressional Quarterly's Guide to U.S. Elections (Washington, D.C., 1975), pp. 399, 486
  5. ^ "Junius Marion Futrell". Find A Grave. Retrieved 20 August 2012. 

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Political offices
Preceded by
William Kavanaugh Oldham
Acting Governor
Acting Governor of Arkansas
Succeeded by
George Washington Hays
Preceded by
Harvey Parnell
Governor of Arkansas
Succeeded by
Carl Edward Bailey