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5 Fun Facts About March 7 In Arkansas History

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1. In 1783, William Kavanaugh, a prominent Arkansas lawyer and politician, was born in Virginia. Kavanaugh served as a delegate to the Arkansas Constitutional Convention, and later as a state senator and chief justice of the Arkansas Supreme Court.

2. On March 7, 1862, the Battle of Pea Ridge began in Benton County, Arkansas, during the American Civil War. The conflict was fought between the Union Army of the Southwest, commanded by General Samuel R. Curtis, and the Confederate Army of the West, led by General Earl Van Dorn. The battle, which lasted two days, resulted in a Union victory and is considered a turning point in the war in the Western theater.

3. In 1870, the Arkansas State Legislature passed a bill authorizing the establishment of Arkansas Agricultural and Mechanical College in Fayetteville. Later renamed the University of Arkansas, the school has since become the flagship institution of the University of Arkansas System.

4. On March 7, 1926, the Little Rock Nine's Daisy Bates was born in Huttig, Arkansas. Bates became a civil rights activist best known for her role in desegregating Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas, in 1957.

5. In 1978, the Arkansas state legislature passed a bill declaring the quartz crystal as the official state mineral. Arkansas is known for its abundant quartz crystals, and the state is home to several commercial crystal mining operations.
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