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Xenophon Overton Pindall (21 August 1873 - 2 January 1935) was the Acing Governor of the U.S. state of Arkansas.

Xenophon Overton Pindall was born at Middle Grove in Monroe County, Missouri. He attended Central College in Missouri and earned his law degree from the University of Arkansas in 1896. He was a member of Kappa Sigma Xi chapter at the University of Arkansas.

Pindall served as a member of the Arkansas House of Representatives from 1902 to 1906. He ran unsuccessfully for the post of Arkansas Attorney General in 1906 and later that year was elected to the Arkansas Senate.

On 11 February 1907, Arkansas Governor John Sebastian Little resigned his office due to an emotional breakdown. John Isaac Moore was president of the Senate and replaced him as governor. At the end of the legislative session in May, Pindall was chosen as the new president pro tempore and ascended to the Governor's office.

Pindall served as Governor until 11 January 1909, when his Senate term expired. Pindall's successor was Jesse M. Martin, who served as acting governor for three days.

During Pindall's administration, a pure food and drug law was passed, the Ozark National Forest was created, and laws against price discrimination were enacted.

After leaving office Pindall won renown as a criminal lawyer. Xenophon Pindall died on 2 January 1935. He is buried in Arkansas City, Arkansas. The town of Pindall, Arkansas is named for him. His law office in Arkansas Cityis on the National Register of Historic Places.

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Preceded by
John Isaac Moore
Governor of Arkansas
Succeeded by
Jesse M. Martin


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