Xenophon Overton Pindall

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Xenophon Overton Pindall
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Acting Governor of Arkansas
In office
February 11, 1907 – January 11, 1909
Preceded by John Isaac Moore
Succeeded by Jesse M. Martin
Member of the Arkansas Senate
In office
Personal details
Born (1873-08-21)August 21, 1873
Middle Grove, Monroe County, Missouri
Died January 2, 1935(1935-01-02) (aged 61)
Little Rock, Arkansas
Arkansas, USA
Political party Democratic
Alma mater

University of Arkansas

University of Arkansas School of Law
Profession Attorney

Xenophon Overton Pindall (August 21, 1873 – January 2, 1935) was a member of the Arkansas House of Representatives, Arkansas State Senate and Acting Governor of the U.S. state of Arkansas.


Pindall was born at Middle Grove in Monroe County, Missouri. He attended Central College in Missouri and earned his law degree from the University of Arkansas in 1896. He was a member of Kappa Sigma, Xi chapter at the University of Arkansas.[1] Contemporaries of Pindall at Xi Chapter included future Arkansas Governor and Federal Judge John Ellis Martineau, future acting Governor Michael Pleasant Huddleston, future Federal Judge Thomas Clark Trimble III, and future Congressman and Federal Judge Samuel Billingsley Hill.[2]


Pindall served as a member of the Arkansas House of Representatives from 1902 to 1906. He ran unsuccessfully for the post of Arkansas Attorney General in 1906 and later that year was elected to the Arkansas State Senate.[3]

On February 11, 1907, Arkansas Governor John Sebastian Little resigned his office due to mental and physical illness. John Isaac Moore was president of the Senate and replaced him as governor. At the end of the legislative session in May, Pindall was chosen as the new president of the Senate and became acting governor.

Pindall served as Governor until January 11, 1909, when his Senate term expired.[4] Pindall's successor was Jesse M. Martin, who served as acting governor for three days. During Pindall's administration, a pure food and drug law was passed, the Ozark National Forest was created, and laws against price discrimination were enacted.

After leaving office, Pindall became a renowned criminal lawyer operating out of an office in Arkansas City.

Death and legacy[edit]

Pindall died on January 2, 1935 and is buried in Little Rock, Arkansas in Roselawn Memorial Park.

The town of Pindall, Arkansas is named for him. His law office in Arkansas City is on the National Register of Historic Places.[5]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Xi Chapter: Century of Tradition at the University of Arkansas
  2. ^ Xi Chapter: Century of Tradition at the University of Arkansas
  3. ^ "Arkansas Governor Xenophon Overton Pindall". National Governors Association. Archived from the original on July 2, 2012. Retrieved August 18, 2012. 
  4. ^ "State of Arkansas Governors". The US50.com. Retrieved August 18, 2012. 
  5. ^ "Arkansas – Desha County". National Register of Historic Places. Retrieved August 18, 2012. 

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Political offices
Preceded by
John Isaac Moore
Acting Governor
Acting Governor of Arkansas
Succeeded by
Jesse M. Martin
Acting Governor