William F. Slemons

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William F. Slemons

William Ferguson Slemons (March 15, 1830 – December 10, 1918) was a U.S. Representative from Arkansas.


Born in Dresden, Tennessee, Slemons attended Bethel College. He moved to Arkansas in 1852. He studied law. He was admitted to the bar in 1855 and practiced in Monticello, Drew County. He served as member of the Arkansas State convention in 1861. He entered the Confederate States Army in July 1861 and served as colonel in Price's Cavalry throughout the Civil War. He resumed the practice of law. He served as district attorney 1866-1868.

Slemons was elected as a Democrat to the Forty-fourth, Forty-fifth, and Forty-sixth Congresses (March 4, 1875-March 3, 1881). He was not a candidate for renomination in 1880. He resumed the practice of his profession in Monticello, Arkansas. County and probate judge of Drew County 1903-1907. He was in the Justice of the Peace 1908-1918. He died in Monticello, Arkansas, December 10, 1918. He was interred in Union Ridge Cemetery, near Monticello, Arkansas.


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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Oliver P. Snyder
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Arkansas's 2nd congressional district

March 4, 1875 – March 3, 1881
Succeeded by
James K. Jones