Samuel W. Peel

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Samuel West Peel (September 13, 1831 - December 18, 1924) was a U.S. Representative from Arkansas.

Born near Batesville, Arkansas, Peel attended the common schools. He served as clerk of the circuit court of Carroll County, Arkansas from 1858 to 1860. He entered the Confederate service in 1861 as a private.

Peel was elected major of the Third Regiment, Arkansas Infantry, and later colonel of the Fourth Regiment, Arkansas Infantry. He studied law. He was admitted to the bar and commenced the practice of his profession in Carrollton, Arkansas, in 1865. He moved to Bentonville, Benton County, in 1867 and continued the practice of law. He served as prosecuting attorney of the fourth judicial circuit of Arkansas 1873-1876.

Peel was elected as a Democrat to the Forty-eighth and to the four succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1883-March 3, 1893). He served as chairman of the Committee on Indian Affairs (Fiftieth and Fifty-second Congresses). He was an unsuccessful candidate for renomination in 1892. He resumed the practice of law in Bentonville, Arkansas, and before the United States Court of Claims at Washington, D.C., until 1915. He died in Bentonville, Arkansas, December 18, 1924. He was interred in Bentonville Cemetery. Peel, Oregon was named for him.[1]


  1. ^ McArthur, Lewis A.; McArthur, Lewis L. (2003) [First published 1928]. Oregon Geographic Names (7th ed.). Portland, Oregon: Oregon Historical Society Press. p. 749. ISBN 9780875952772. OCLC 53075956. 

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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Thomas M. Gunter
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Arkansas's 4th congressional district

Succeeded by
John H. Rogers