BUMPERS, Dale (1925-2016)

BUMPERS, DALE, a Senator from Arkansas; born in Charleston, Franklin County, Ark., August 12, 1925; attended the public schools of Arkansas and the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville; graduated, Northwestern University Law School, Chicago, Ill., 1951; admitted to the Arkansas bar in 1952 and commenced practice in Charleston; served in the United States Marine Corps 1943-1946; Charleston city attorney 1952-1970; special justice, Arkansas Supreme Court 1968; Governor of Arkansas 1970-1974; elected as a Democrat to the United States Senate in 1974; reelected in 1980, 1986, and again in 1992, and served from January 3, 1975, to January 3, 1999; was not a candidate for reelection in 1998; chairman, Committee on Small Business (One Hundredth through One Hundred Third Congresses); was a resident of Little Rock, Ark., until his death on January 1, 2016; inurnment in the First United Methodist Church Columbarium, Charleston, Ark.

University of Arkansas
Special Collections
Fayetteville, AR
Papers: 1886-2011 (bulk 1975-1999). 1,107 linear feet.
Correspondence, diaries, memoranda, legislative and committee files, speeches, voting records, photographs, videotapes, sound recordings, senator's home page files, printed matter, and memorabilia documenting his Senate career. Finding aid on-line.


University of Arkansas at Little Rock
Ottenheimer Library Archives and Special Collections
Little Rock, AR
Papers: 1970-1974. 191 linear feet.
Gubernatorial correspondence, photographs, portraits, motion picture film, sound recordings and memorabilia. Finding aid.

  • Bumpers, Dale. "Congress: Essential Ingredient in a Sound Foreign Policy." SAIS Review 5 (Winter-Spring 1985): 51-64.
  • ___. The Best Lawyer in a One-Lawyer Town: A Memoir. New York: Random House, 2003.
  • ___, et al. Religion and American Politics. Edited by W. Lawson Taitte. Dallas: University of Texas at Dallas, 1989.
  • Johnson, Willie Stephen. "The Bumpers-Fulbright Senate Race: A Rhetorical Analysis." Ph.d. dissertation, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1981.
  • Smith, Harold T. "J. William Fulbright and the Arkansas 1975 Senatorial Election." Arkansas Historical Quarterly 44 (Summer 1985): 103-17.