PRYOR, David Hampton (1934-)

PRYOR, DAVID HAMPTON, (father of Mark Pryor), a Representative and a Senator from Arkansas; born in Camden, Ouachita County, Ark., August 29, 1934; attended the public schools of Camden; attended Henderson State Teachers College; graduated, University of Arkansas 1957; graduated, University of Arkansas Law School 1964; admitted to the bar in 1964 and commenced practice in Camden; founder and publisher, Ouachita Citizen 1957-1960; elected State representative in 1960 and reelected in 1962 and 1964; elected as a Democrat to the Eighty-ninth Congress, August 9, 1966, by special election, to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Oren Harris and at the same time elected to the Ninetieth Congress; reelected to the two succeeding Congresses and served from November 8, 1966, to January 3, 1973; was not a candidate for reelection in 1972 to the House of Representatives, but was an unsuccessful candidate for nomination for the United States Senate; Governor of Arkansas 1975-1979; elected as a Democrat to the United States Senate in 1978; reelected in 1984 and 1990 and served from January 3, 1979, to January 3, 1997; was not a candidate for reelection in 1996; chairman, Special Committee on Aging (One Hundred First through One Hundred Third Congresses); Dean, Clinton School of Public Service, University of Arkansas 2004-; is a resident of Little Rock, Ark.

University of Arkansas
Special Collections
Fayetteville, AR
Papers: Ca. 1940-1998. Ca. 1150 feet. Gubernatorial and congressional papers, photographs, motion picture film, video tape, sound recordings, scrapbooks (1974-1996), and memorabilia. Restricted.
Additional Papers: Correspondence in Clyde Taylor Ellis papers, 1933-1976. Finding aid.

University of Arkansas at Little Rock
Ottenheimer Library Archives and Special Collections
Little Rock, AR
Papers: 1970-1972. 4 feet. Research files, news clippings, correspondence, and photographs relating to his investigations as a congressman of nursing homes and general living conditions of the elderly. Finding aid.

  • Blair, Diane D. "The Big Three of Late Twentieth-Century Arkansas Politics: Dale Bumpers, Bill Clinton, and David Pryor." Arkansas Historical Quarterly 54 (Spring 1995): 53-79.
  • Fenno, Richard, Jr. Senators on the Campaign Trail: The Politics of Representation. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 1992.
  • Pryor, David, with Don Harrell. A Pryor Commitment: The Autobiography of David Pryor. Little Rock: Butler Center Books, 2008.