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Jordan Edgar Cravens

Birthdate: (83)
Birthplace: Fredericktown, Madison County, Missouri, United States
Death: April 8, 1914 (83)
Fort Smith, Sebastian County, Arkansas, United States
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Son of Nehemiah Cravens and Sophia Cravens
Husband of Emma Cravens
Father of Mary Louise Cravens; Jeane Cravens; Jane Cravens; Felix Cravens; Sallie Cravens and 1 other
Brother of William Lamb Cravens and James Cravens

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About Jordan E. Cravens, US Congress

Jordan Edgar Cravens (November 7, 1830 – April 8, 1914) was an American politician and a U.S. Representative from Arkansas, cousin of William Ben Cravens.


Born in Fredericktown, Missouri, Cravens was the son of Nehemiah and Sophia Thompson Cravens. He moved with his father to Arkansas the following year, and attended the common schools. He was graduated from the Cane Hill Academy at Boonsboro (now Canehill), Washington County, Arkansas, in 1850. He studied law and was admitted to the bar in 1854. He commenced practice in Clarksville, Arkansas, and served as member of the State house of representatives in 1860. He married Emma Batson and they had five children, Jeane, Jane, Felix, Sallie, and Samuella.


Cravens entered the Confederate States Army in 1861 as a private in Company C, 17th Arkansas Infantry Regiment (Lemoyne's). When that regiment underwent consolidation in May 1862, Cravens was elected Colonel of the new unit: the 21st Arkansas Infantry Regiment. The 21st Arkansas was surrendered, at Vicksburg, Mississippi, on July 4, 1863. After being declared exchanged, on September 12, 1863, Cravens' unit was consolidated with the 14th Powers' Arkansas, 15th (Northwest) Arkansas, and the 16th Arkansas, to form a new unit: the 1st Arkansas Consolidated Infantry Regiment (Trans-Mississippi) Department. He was named colonel of the new organization.

At the close of hostilities of the Civil War, Cravens returned to Clarksville where he served as prosecuting attorney of Johnson County in 1865 and 1866 and then as member of the State senate from 1866 until 1868. Cravens was elected as an Independent Democrat to the Forty-fifth Congress and then reelected as a Democrat to the Forty-sixth and Forty-seventh Congresses serving from March 4, 1877 until March 3, 1883. He was an unsuccessful candidate for renomination in 1882 to the Forty-eighth Congress. He then resumed the practice of law in Clarksville, Arkansas and served as judge of the circuit court from 1890 until 1894.


Cravens died in Fort Smith, Arkansas on April 8, 1914, (age 83 years, 152 days) and is interred at Oakland Cemetery, Clarksville, Arkansas.

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Jordan E. Cravens, US Congress's Timeline

November 7, 1830
Fredericktown, Madison County, Missouri, United States
Age 45
April 8, 1914
Age 83
Fort Smith, Sebastian County, Arkansas, United States