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Robert Crittenden

Robert Crittenden (1 January 1797 – 18 December 1834) was Governor of Arkansas Territory and co-founder of Rose Law Firm. Robert Crittenden was born near Versailles, Kentucky.

Crittenden served as Secretary of Arkansas Territory from 1819 to 1829. He served as Governor of Arkansas while James Miller was delayed for an extended period en route to Arkansas. Crittenden called the first legislature into session and took responsibility for organizing the new territory. Crittenden was never officially appointed Governor of the territory but amassed considerable political power. Crittenden was a primary leader in preparing the territory for statehood.

Crittenden served as United States Commissioner for the 1824 Treaty with the Quapaw Indians.

Robert Crittenden was the son of John Crittenden who was a Major in the Continental Army and a member of the Virginia House of Burgesses, the brother of United States Senator John Jordan Crittenden, and granduncle of Thomas T. Crittenden, Jr. who was Mayor of Kansas City, Missouri.

Crittenden mortally wounded Representative Henry Wharton Conway in a duel near Napoleon, Arkansas[1] on 29 October 1827. He died in Vicksburg, Mississippi.

Crittenden County, Arkansas is named for Robert Crittenden.


Political offices
Preceded by
George Izard
Territorial Governor of Arkansas
Succeeded by
John Pope


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