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Former governor and Confederate general John Selden Roane dies at his home in Pine Bluff, Arkansas.

John Selden Roane, detail

John Selden Roane, the fourth governor of Arkansas and a Confederate general during the Civil War, died on this day at his home in Pine Bluff, Arkansas.  Born to a prominent Tennessee family, Roane had been educated at Cumberland College and moved to Arkansas in 1837 when he was twenty.  He began a law practice and was elected to the state assembly before enlisting for service in the Mexican War.  A Democrat, he was narrowly elected state governor and was in office from 1850 to 1852.  Never a popular figure, he served indifferently as a Confederate officer.  He is buried in Pine Bluff.  He was fifty years old.  (By John Osborne) 

Source Citation: 

"Obituaries," The American Annual Cyclopedia and Register of Important Events of the Year 1867 ... (New York: D. Appleton & Co., 1870), 560.