GOVERNOR'S GRAVE: The marker is for territorial governor William Fulton in Mount Holly Cemetery. Mandy Shoptaw/Dept. of Heritage
Mandy Shoptaw/Dept. of Heritage
GOVERNOR’S GRAVE: The marker is for territorial governor William Fulton in Mount Holly Cemetery.

The state Department of Arkansas Heritage has built a website, to be unveiled Monday, that locates the graves of Arkansas governors.

In a news release, the department said it hoped the site would encourage tourism and also encourage communities to spruce up the sites. Not all of the sites are in Arkansas.


The Arkansas Historic Preservation Program has already posted a spread sheet with information on each governor and a map pinpointing locations. Who knew, for example:

Ozro Amander Hadley was acting governor of Arkansas from 1871 to 1873.  In 1915, Hadley died in Los Angeles, CA.  His burial location is unknown.

Others buried elsewhere include Powell Clayton, buried in Arlington National Cemetery; James Miller, a territorial governor buried in Salem, Mass.; John Pope, a territorial governor buried in Kentucky, and Robert Crittenden, an acting territorial governor believed to be buried in Vicksburg, Miss.


Closer to home: The remains of Dale Bumpers are in the columbarium of the Charleston First United Methodist Church;  Orval Faubus was buried in Combs Cemetery in Madison County; Winthrop Rockefeller was buried on Petit Jean Mountain, and Frank White is in the company of many historic Arkansans in Mount Holly Cemetery in Little Rock. The list includes such short-term governors as Bob Riley, who served 11 days in 1975 and is buried in Rest Haven Memorial Gardens in Arkadelphia, and Joe Purcell, who served six days in 1979, buried in New Rosemont Cemetery in Benton.