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In Little Rock, the Arkansas legislature chooses the famous Methodist Andrew Hunter as U.S. Senator

Arkansas, 1857

The Arkansas State Senate deliberated for several days the appointment of United States Senator and finally settled on the well-known Methodist preacher Andrew Hunter as the man to represent them in Washington.  Neither he, nor his fellow selection Elisha Baxter, however, were permitted to take their seats in the Senate and Arkansas had to wait till June 1868 when Alexander McDonald took his seat as the first Arkansas Senator since 1861.  (By John Osborne)

Source Citation: 

"Arkansas," The American Cyclopedia and Register of Important Events 0f the Year 1866 (New York: D. Appleton and Company, 1873), 29.