Junius Marion Futrell

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Junius Marion Futrell
30th Governor of Arkansas
In office
January 10, 1933 – January 12, 1937
Acting: March 13, 1913 – July 23, 1913
Lieutenant William Lee Cazort
Preceded by Harvey Parnell
Succeeded by Carl Edward Bailey
Circuit Court Judge for the Second Judicial District of Arkansas
In office
Member of the Arkansas Senate
In office
Member of the Arkansas House of Representatives
In office
Personal details
Born (1870-08-14)August 14, 1870
Greene County, Arkansas, US
Died June 20, 1955(1955-06-20) (aged 84)
Little Rock, Arkansas
Resting place Linwood Cemetery in Paragould, Arkansas
Nationality American
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Tera A. Smith
Alma mater University of Arkansas School of Law
Profession Lawyer; Farmer

Junius Marion Futrell (August 14, 1870 – June 20, 1955) was the 30th Governor of Arkansas from 1933 to 1937, and the Acting Governor for a short period in 1913.

Early life[edit]

Futrell was born in Jones Ridge in Greene County in northeastern Arkansas to parents Jepthra and Arminia Levonica Eubanks Futrell. The second of three children, he attended the Arkansas Industrial University, now the University of Arkansas School of Law, from 1892 to 1893. After his sophomore year, he taught school in several Arkansas counties until 1896, marrying Tera A. Smith on September 27, 1893.[1] Futrell also farmed and worked in the timber industry before entering politics.[2]


Futrell was elected to the Arkansas House of Representatives and served from 1896 to 1904. He was elected Circuit Court Clerk from 1906 to 1910.

Futrell was elected to the Arkansas Senate and served from 1913 to 1917. He was the Senate President from 1915 to 1917. While President of the Senate, he served as acting governor for four months in 1913 after Governor Joseph Taylor Robinson resigned.[2]

Futrell was admitted to the bar in Arkansas in 1913 and practiced law in Paragould until his 1922 appointment to the Second Division of the Second Circuit Court. In 1923, he moved to the Twelfth Chancery Circuit.[1]

Futrell was elected to a full term as governor in his own right in the 1932 election and reelected in 1934. In the 1932 general election, Futrell defeated the Republican J. O. Livesay, a lawyer of Foreman, who had also been the gubernatorial nominee against Harvey Parnell in 1930.[3] Livesay finished the race with 8.9 percent of the vote, less than half his percent polled in 1930.[4]

As governor, he opposed state funding for education beyond the eighth grade, believing the federal government should provide such support.[5]

The Futrell administration established the Arkansas State Planning Board and created the Arkansas Department of Public Welfare. His administration also rescinded prohibition and instituted some legalized gambling.

After leaving office, Futrell returned to the practice of law.


Futrell died in 1955 in Little Rock and is interred at Linwood Cemetery in Paragould.[2] He had suffered a severe stroke on July 4, 1948. Survivors included two sons and four daughters.[1]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c "Junius Marion Futrell (1870–1955)". The Encyclopedia of Arkansas History & Culture. Retrieved December 23, 2015. 
  2. ^ a b c "Arkansas Governor Junius Marion Futrell". National Governors Association. Retrieved August 18, 2012. 
  3. ^ "Index to Politicians: Little-dog to Livings". politicalgraveyard.com. Retrieved April 9, 2012. 
  4. ^ Robert A. Diamond, ed., Congressional Quarterly's Guide to U.S. Elections (Washington, D.C., 1975), pp. 399, 486
  5. ^ Holley, Marc J. "Encyclopedia of Arkansas History and Culture". Education Reform. University of Arkansas. Retrieved 27 August 2017. 

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Political offices
Preceded by
William Kavanaugh Oldham
Acting Governor
Acting Governor of Arkansas
Succeeded by
George Washington Hays
Preceded by
Harvey Parnell
Governor of Arkansas
Succeeded by
Carl Edward Bailey