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Felix Ives Batson

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Felix Ives Batson
Representative from Arkansas in the Confederate Congress, 1st District
In office
1862–1865
Justice of the Arkansas Supreme Court
In office
1858–1860
Arkansas state court judge
In office
1853–1857
Personal details
BornSeptember 6, 1819
Dickson County, Tennessee
DiedMarch 11, 1871(1871-03-11) (aged 51)
Clarksville, Arkansas
Resting placeOakland Cemetery

Felix Ives Batson (September 6, 1819 – March 11, 1871) was a prominent American lawyer and politician from Arkansas.

Born in Dickson County, Tennessee, he later moved to Clarksville, Arkansas and established a law practice. He was admitted to the bar in 1841 and was one of the first attorneys in Johnson County.[1] From 1853 to 1858 he was a circuit judge for the Fourth Judicial Circuit of Arkansas. In 1858 he served as a justice of the Arkansas Supreme Court, a position he resigned in 1860. Batson as a delegate to Arkansas Secession Convention prior to the Civil War in 1861 and voted for secession. During the American Civil War, he represented the First Congressional District of northwest Arkansas in the First Confederate Congress and the Second Confederate Congress House of Representatives. Batson defeated well known Arkansas politician Hugh French Thomason to win election in November 1861.[2]

In the first Congress, Batson served on the Inauguration, Military Affairs and Territories and Public Lands committees. During the second Congress he served on the Judiciary Committee and on select committees whose purpose was to inform state governors to lessen the granting of exemptions and to increase the number of Confederate troops in each state.

After the war Batson returned to Clarksville to practice law. It is estimated he lost 75 percent of his fortune during the war years. In Batson died in Clarksville, Arkansas and was buried in Oakland Cemetery.[3][4][5]

The 1860 United States Census Slave Schedule states that Batson owned 14 slaves, ranging from 1 to 35 years old.[6]

His only daughter, Emma, married Jordan Edgar Cravens, a Colonel in the Confederate Army who served in the United States House of Representatives from 1877–1883. In 1898 Emma Batson Cravens organized Chapter 221 of the United Daughters of the Confederacy and named the chapter after Felix I. Batson.[7][8]

References

  1. ^ Langford, Ella Molloy (1921). Johnson County, Arkansas, the first hundred years. Clarksville, AR: Clarksville Historical Society. p. 173.
  2. ^ Warner, Ezra (1975). Biographical Register of the Confederate Congress. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press. pp. 18–19. ISBN 0-8071-0092-7.
  3. ^ "Cravens family of Arkansas". The Political Graveyard. Retrieved 2013-12-01.
  4. ^ Wakelyn, Jon L. (1977). Biographical Dictionary of the Confederacy. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press. pp. 92. ISBN 978-0837161242.
  5. ^ Woods, James M. (1979). "Devotees and Dissenters: Arkansans in the Confederate Congress, 1861-1865". The Arkansas Historical Quarterly. 38 (3): 227–247. JSTOR 40023975.
  6. ^ Alexander, Thomas B.; Beringer, Richard E. (1972). The Anatomy of the Confederate Congress. Nashville, TN: Vanderbilt University Press. p. 357. ISBN 0-8265-1175-9.
  7. ^ Gill, Jennifer (1 May 2011). "Arkansas Secession Delegates: Felix Batson". Stephens Media. Southwest Times Record.
  8. ^ "Clarksville Confederate Monument". Encyclopedia of Arkansas History & Culture. Butler Center for Arkansas Studies at the Central Arkansas Library System. Retrieved 25 August 2014.

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