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  Eagle, James Philip
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NameJames Philip Eagle
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Richwoods Township, Arkansas , United States
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Born August 10, 1837
DiedDecember 20, 1904 (67 years)
ContributorThomas Walker
Last ModifedThomas Walker
Nov 06, 2008 12:09pm
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InfoBorn: August 10, 1837
Died: December 19, 1904
Birth State: Tennessee
Party: Democrat
Family: Married Mary Kavanaugh Oldman
Religion: Baptist
School(s): Mississippi College
Periods in Office: From: January 8, 1889
To: January 10, 1893

War(s) Served: Civil War

JAMES PHILIP EAGLE, Arkansas's 16th governor, was born in Maury County, Tennessee, on August 10, 1837. His family moved to Arkansas where James was educated in the county schools. In 1859 he was appointed deputy sheriff of Prairie County. Eagle held this position until the start of the Civil War, when he enlisted as a private, and rose later to the rank of colonel. After the war, Eagle attended Mississippi College, but left, due to illness, never completing his first year. He entered politics as a member of the Arkansas Legislature, serving from 1873 to 1878, and in 1885, he served as speaker of the house. He also served as president of the Baptist State Convention from 1880 to 1904. Eagle was nominated by the Democratic State Convention for governor in 1888, and was elected in September. He was reelected to a second term in 1890. During his tenure, he advocated reform in the state penitentiary system, supported a progressive policy on immigration, and endorsed liberal support for education. After leaving office, Eagle continued being active in his work with the Southern Baptist churches. In 1902, he was elected president of the Southern Baptist Convention, and twice was reelected. He also sat on the capital commission, but was fired by Governor Jeff Davis, after being charged with campaigning for one of the governor's opponents. Governor James P. Eagle died of heart failure on December 19, 1904, in Little Rock. He is buried at the Mount Holly Cemetery, Little Rock, Arkansas.

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