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History Minute: Robert Crittenden's role in Arkansas politics

Posted on AllSides November 28th, 2023

Robert Crittenden was once a giant in Arkansas politics. As the first territorial secretary, he laid the foundations for the beginnings of Arkansas government and the establishment of Little Rock as the capital. But he would see all of his gains slip away and die at a young age. Crittenden was born in central Kentucky, in 1797. His father was a Revolutionary War veteran and former Virginia legislator. At the age of 17 in 1814, Crittenden joined the army in the midst of the War of 1812 and later served...

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