Boyd Anderson Tackett

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Boyd Anderson Tackett
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Arkansas's 4th district
In office
January 3, 1949 – January 3, 1953
Preceded by William Fadjo Cravens
Succeeded by Oren Harris
Member of the Arkansas House of Representatives
In office
Personal details
Born (1911-05-09)May 9, 1911
Black Springs, Montgomery County
Arkansas, USA
Died February 23, 1985(1985-02-23) (aged 73)
Nashville, Howard County, Arkansas
Resting place Restland Memorial Park in Nashville, Arkansas
Political party Democratic
Residence Texarkana, Arkansas
Alma mater

Arkansas Tech University
Ouachita Baptist University

University of Arkansas School of Law
Occupation Attorney
Military service
Service/branch United States Army
Rank Corporal in United States Army Signal Corps

Boyd Anderson Tackett (May 9, 1911 – February 23, 1985) was a U.S. Representative from Arkansas.


Tackett was born near Black Springs in Montgomery County in southwestern Arkansas. He moved with his parents to Glenwood, Arkansas, and attended public school; afterwards, he matriculated at Arkansas Polytechnic College at Russellville (1930–1932), continued at Ouachita College in Arkadelphia (1932–1933), and graduated in 1935 from the University of Arkansas School of Law at Fayetteville.

After being admitted to the bar, Tackett practiced law in Glenwood, Murfreesboro, and Nashville, Arkansas, until he was elected in 1936 to the Arkansas House of Representatives. He also served as the prosecuting attorney of the 9th Judicial Circuit of Arkansas until 1943, when he enlisted in the United States Army. Tackett served as a corporal in the Signal Corps until his discharge in 1944, when he resumed his law practice in Nashville.

In 1948, Tackett was elected as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Arkansas's 4th District as a Democrat to the 81st and 82nd Congresses. He did not seek reelection to the House in 1952 but instead lost his bid for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination to Francis Cherry. Tackett returned to Texarkana and his law practice, where he remained until retirement in 1980.

Tackett lived again in Nashville, Arkansas, from 1983 until his death two years later. He was interred there at Restland Memorial Park.


U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
William Fadjo Cravens
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Arkansas's 4th congressional district

Succeeded by
Oren Harris