Samuel Adams (Arkansas politician)

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Samuel Adams
Treasurer of Arkansas
In office
January 1845 – January 1849
Governor Thomas S. Drew
Preceded by J. C. Martin
Succeeded by William Adams
Governor of Arkansas
In office
April 29, 1844 – November 5, 1844
Preceded by Archibald Yell
Succeeded by Thomas S. Drew
Personal details
Born (1805-06-05)June 5, 1805
Halifax County, Virginia, U.S.
Died February 27, 1850(1850-02-27) (aged 44)
Saline County, Arkansas, U.S.
Resting place Mount Holly Cemetery,
Little Rock, Arkansas, U.S.
34°44′15.3″N 92°16′42.5″W / 34.737583°N 92.278472°W / 34.737583; -92.278472
Nationality American
Political party Democratic

Samuel Adams (June 5, 1805 – February 27, 1850) was an American politician who served as Acting Governor of Arkansas from April to November 1844.

Early life[edit]

Adams was born in Halifax County, Virginia. He moved to Arkansas in 1835, where he became a planter and was active in state politics.

Political career[edit]

Adams was a Democrat, and was elected to the Arkansas Senate in 1840. He was reelected and served as president of the Senate during his second term.

On April 29, 1844, Governor Archibald Yell resigned from his office to run for the United States House of Representatives. Adams, who was president of the Arkansas Senate at that time, became Acting Governor of Arkansas and served until November 5, 1844.[1] During his short term he focused on internal improvements and education, and left a surplus in the state treasury when he left office.

In 1846, Adams was elected to the office of State Treasurer and served in that position until his death.


Samuel Adams died in Saline County, Arkansas. Adams is buried in the historic Mount Holly Cemetery in Little Rock, Arkansas.

Personal life[edit]

Adams was the stepfather of Civil War General James Fleming Fagan.


An engraving of Samuel Adams graced Arkansas Civil War treasury notes as well as he devoted Arkansas freedom.


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Political offices
Preceded by
Archibald Yell
Governor of Arkansas

Succeeded by
Thomas S. Drew