William Kavanaugh Oldham
When Governor Joseph Taylor Robinson resigned from office on March 8, 1913, Oldham became acting governor of Arkansas. When the legislative session ended on March 13, the Arkansas Senate elected Junius Marion Futrell as the new president pro tempore, but Oldham refused to agree that Futrell was the new acting governor; the dispute was settled by the Arkansas Supreme Court on March 24, in favor of Futrell.
Oldham retired from public service and returned to farming. He later served as chairman of the state Cotton Reduction Committee.
William K. Oldham died in Pettus, Arkansas and is buried at the Oaklawn Cemetery in Little Rock, Arkansas.
Oldham was the brother-in-law of James Philip Eagle (1837-1904), governor of Arkansas 1889-1893, who married Oldham's sister Mary Kavanaugh Oldham in 1882. William K. Oldham's younger brother Kie Oldham (1869-1916) served as James Eagle's private secretary while he was governor, gathered an important collection of documents about Arkansas' Civil War history, and was a prominent lawyer, working primarily as an advocate for Indian tribes. Kie also served in the Arkansas state senate, in 1907 and 1908-9; in 1907 Kie and William were both in the legislature, representing the same county as representative and senator.
Oldham married Lillian Munroe (1870-1957) in 1894; they had two children, William Kavanaugh Oldham (1896-1950) and Lillian Oldham (b. circa 1898).
- Oldham bio on National Governor's Association site
- Arkansas Judiciary website, Futrell v. Oldham
- Arkansas Records Catalog: WKO plantation records
- The Governors of Arkansas: Essays in Political Biography, eds. Timothy Paul Donovan, Willard B. Gatewood, and Jeannie M. Whayne, Fayetteville, AR: University of Arkansas Press, 1995 (2nd ed.), p. 92
- Kie Oldham papers listing, with bio
Joseph Taylor Robinson
|Acting Governor of Arkansas
Junius Marion Futrell