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William Ben Cravens (January 17, 1872 – January 13, 1939) was a U.S. Representative from Arkansas, father of William Fadjo Cravens and cousin of Jordan Edgar Cravens.

Born in Fort Smith, Arkansas, Cravens attended the common schools, Louisville Military Academy in Kentucky, and Staunton Military Academy in Virginia. He was graduated from the law department of the University of Missouri in 1893. He was admitted to the Arkansas bar the same year and commenced practice in Fort Smith, Arkansas. City attorney of Fort Smith 1898-1902. He served as prosecuting attorney for the twelfth judicial district of Arkansas 1902-1908.

Cravens was elected as a Democrat to the Sixtieth, Sixty-first, and Sixty-second Congresses (March 4, 1907-March 3, 1913). He was not a candidate for reelection in 1912 to the Sixty-third Congress. He resumed the practice of law.

Cravens was elected to the Seventy-third and to the three succeeding Congresses and served from March 4, 1933, until his death in Washington, D.C., on January 13, 1939. He was interred in Oak Cemetery, Fort Smith, Arkansas.

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