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Thomas Stevenson Drew

In office
1844 – 1849
Preceded by Samuel Adams
Succeeded by Richard C. Byrd

Born August 25, 1802(1802-08-25)
Wilson County, Tennessee
Died January 1879
Lapin, Texas
Political party Democratic

Thomas Stevenson Drew (25 August 1802– January 1879) was the third Governor of the U.S. state of Arkansas. He was born in Wilson County, Tennessee. Drew moved with his family to Louisiana and then in 1818 to Arkansas. He worked as a traveling salesman and school teacher. Drew settled in the area around Batesville, Arkansas.

In 1824 Drew was appointed county clerk. In 1836 he was chosen as a delegate to the Arkansas constitutional convention. He was elected Governor in 1844, where his administration concentrated on the state's financial solvency and attempted to repair the state's credit. Drew was reelected in 1848, and in 1849 he dispatched a militia to Marion County to put down the Tutt-Everett War. Drew only served a year of his second term before resigning due to the low salary provided for the governor. He retired from politics and worked to try and recover from financial losses. He lived in Sebastian Co., Arkansas in 1860. [1] He moved to Weatherford, Texas, and later moved to Hood County, Texas. Drew died in January 1879 at Lipan, Texas.

Drew was originally buried in the Old Baptist Cemetery in Lipan, Texas but his body was removed in 1923 by Arkansas officials and moved to the Masonic Cemetery in Pocahontas, Arkansas.

Drew County, Arkansas was named after Thomas S. Drew.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Samuel Adams
Governor of Arkansas
1844-1849
Succeeded by
Richard C. Byrd
  1. ^ 1860 Arkansas Census
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