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
Acting Governor of Arkansas
In office
April 29, 1844 – November 5, 1844
Preceded by Archibald Yell
as Governor
Succeeded by Thomas S. Drew
as Governor
Personal details
Born (1805-06-05)June 5, 1805
Halifax County, Virginia
Died February 27, 1850(1850-02-27) (aged 44)
Saline County, Arkansas
Resting place Mount Holly Cemetery
Little Rock, Arkansas
34°44′16.5″N 92°16′38.6″W / 34.737917°N 92.277389°W / 34.737917; -92.277389
Political party Democratic

Samuel Adams (June 5, 1805 – February 27, 1850) was an American politician who was the third governor of Arkansas.


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


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.

Death and legacy[edit]

Samuel Adams died in Saline County, Arkansas. Adams is buried in the historic Mount Holly Cemetery in Little Rock, Arkansas.[2]

Adams was the stepfather of Civil War General James Fleming Fagan. An engraving of Samuel Adams graced Arkansas Civil War treasury notes.


  1. ^ "Arkansas Governor Samuel Adamspublisher=National Governors Association". Retrieved August 10, 2012. 
  2. ^ "Samuel Adams". Find A Grave. Retrieved August 10, 2012. 

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Political offices
Preceded by
Archibald Yell
Governor of Arkansas
Succeeded by
Thomas Stevenson Drew