William J. Driver

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William Joshua Driver
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Arkansas's 1st district
In office
March 4, 1921 – January 3, 1939
Preceded by Thaddeus H. Caraway
Succeeded by Ezekiel C. Gathings
Member of the Arkansas House of Representatives
In office
Personal details
Born March 2, 1873 (1873-03-02)
Osceola, Arkansas
Died October 1, 1948 (1948-11) (aged 75)
Nashville, Tennesse
Citizenship  United States
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Clara Haynes Driver

Attorney politician



William Joshua Driver (March 2, 1873 – October 1, 1948) was an American politician and a U.S. Representative from Arkansas.


Born near Osceola, Arkansas, Driver was the son of John B. and Margaret Ann Bowen Driver and attended the public schools. He studied law at eighteen years of age, in the office of Judge G. W. Thomason; was admitted to the bar in 1894, and commenced practice in Osceola, Arkansas. He married Clara Haynes on June 2, 1897 and they had one child.[1]


A member of the State house of representatives, Driver served from 1897 to 1899. He was judge of the second judicial circuit of Arkansas from 1911 to 1918, and a member of the State constitutional convention in 1918. He served as delegate to the Democratic National Convention in 1932.[2]

Driver was elected as a Democrat to the Sixty-seventh and to the eight succeeding Congresses serving from March 4, 1921 to January 3, 1939.[3] An unsuccessful candidate for renomination in 1938, he resumed the practice of law and also engaged in the banking business in Osceola, Arkansas, until his death.


Driver died in Osceola, Mississippi County, Arkansas, on October 1, 1948 (age 75 years, 213 days). He is interred at Violet Cemetery, Osceola, Arkansas.[4] a


  1. ^ "William J. Driver". The Central Arkansas Library System. Retrieved 24 June 2013. 
  2. ^ "William J. Driver". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved 24 June 2013. 
  3. ^ "William J. Driver". Govtrack US Congress. Retrieved 24 June 2013. 
  4. ^ "William J. Driver". The Political Graveyard. Retrieved 24 June 2013. 

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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Thaddeus H. Caraway
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Arkansas's 1st congressional district

Succeeded by
Ezekiel C. Gathings