Samuel Adams (governor)
|Acting Governor of Arkansas|
April 29, 1844 – November 5, 1844
|Preceded by||Archibald Yell
|Succeeded by||Thomas S. Drew
June 5, 1805|
Halifax County, Virginia
|Died||February 27, 1850
Saline County, Arkansas
Adams was born in Halifax County, Virginia. Adams was self-taught and moved to Arkansas in 1835, where he became a planter and was active in Arkansas politics.
On April 29, 1844, Governor Archibald Yell resigned from his office to run for the United States House of Representatives. Adams, who was president of the Arkansas Senate at that time, became Acting Governor of Arkansas and served until November 5, 1844. During his short term he focused on internal improvements and education, and left a surplus in the state treasury when he left office.
In 1846, Adams was elected to the office of State Treasurer and served in that position until his death.
Death and legacy
Adams was the stepfather of Civil War General James Fleming Fagan. An engraving of Samuel Adams graced Arkansas Civil War treasury notes.
- "Arkansas Governor Samuel Adamspublisher=National Governors Association". Retrieved August 10, 2012.
- "Samuel Adams". Find A Grave. Retrieved August 10, 2012.
|Governor of Arkansas
Thomas Stevenson Drew