Stephen Wallace Dorsey
|Stephen Wallace Dorsey|
|United States Senator
March 4, 1873 – March 3, 1879
|Preceded by||Benjamin F. Rice|
|Succeeded by||James D. Walker|
February 28, 1842|
|Died||March 20, 1916
Los Angeles, California
Stephen Wallace Dorsey (February 28, 1842 – March 20, 1916) was a Senator from Arkansas.
He was born in Benson, Rutland County, Vermont, February 28, 1842 and moved to Ohio and settled in Oberlin. He attended the public schools. During the Civil War served in the Union Army. After the war he returned to Ohio and settled in Sandusky where he was employed by the Sandusky Tool Co. and subsequently became its president. He was elected president of the Arkansas Railway Co. and moved to Arkansas and settled in Helena.
He was elected as a Republican to the United States Senate and served from March 4, 1873, to March 3, 1879. He did not run for reelection. He was a chairman of the Committee on District of Columbia (Forty-fifth Congress). In 1876, he was made a member of the Republican National Committee. In 1880, when the Republicans nominated James G. Garfield for president and Chester A. Arthur for vice president, Dorsey became the Secretary of the Republican National Committee. His reputation was tarnished, though, by the Star route scandal, in which Dorsey and his partners were accused of defrauding the government out of $412,000. Dorsey was defended by noted criminal law attorney Robert G. Ingersoll. Though he was eventually found not guilty, the cost of his defense and the damage to his reputation all but destroyed Dorsey’s political and financial ambitions.
After Dorsey, no other Republican served as senior Senator from Arkansas until Tim Hutchinson in 1999, upon David Pryor's retirement. No other Republican served in the class 3 Senate seat from Arkansas that Dorsey held until John Boozman in 2011.
He engaged in cattle raising and mining in New Mexico and Colorado and subsequently moved to Los Angeles, California, where he resided until his death on March 20, 1916. He was interred in Fairmount Cemetery in Denver, Colorado. Clayton, the seat of Union County, New Mexico is named for a son of Senator Dorsey.
- United States Congress. "Stephen Wallace Dorsey (id: D000441)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
|United States Senate|
Benjamin F. Rice
|U.S. Senator (Class 3) from Arkansas
Served alongside: Powell Clayton, Augustus H. Garland
James D. Walker