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ARNOLD, Samuel Washington (Wat)

1879–1961

Biography

ARNOLD, Samuel Washington (Wat), a Representative from Missouri; born on a farm near Downing, Schuyler County, Mo., September 21, 1879; attended the Coffey, Mo., rural schools and was graduated from Kirksville (Mo.) State Teachers College in 1902; taught school in the Coffey, Mo., school district in 1896; superintendent of the public schools in Middletown, Mo., in 1901 and 1902 and in Atlanta, Mo., in 1903; employed in the St. Louis, Mo., internal revenue office in 1904; engaged in the retail lumber business at Atlanta, Mo., 1905-1908; moved to Kirksville, Mo., in 1908 and organized the Arnold Lumber Co.; elected as a Republican to the Seventy-eighth, Seventy-ninth, and Eightieth Congresses (January 3, 1943-January 3, 1949); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1948 to the Eighty-first Congress, for election in 1950 to the Eighty-second Congress, and in 1952 to the Eighty-third Congress; retired from political and business activities in 1952; died in Kirksville, Mo., December 18, 1961; interment in Maple Hills Cemetery.

View Record in the Biographical Directory of the U.S. Congress

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External Research Collections

Truman State University
Pickler Memorial Library

Kirksville, MO
Papers: 1943-1949. 3 feet. Personal and congressional papers and correspondence, photographs, and memorabilia. Bound in 57 volumes by subject. Brief finding aid in repository.
Papers: In the Eugene Morrow Violette Papers, ca. 1900-1991, 23 volumes. Persons represented include Wat Arnold. A finding aid is available in the repository and online.

University of Missouri
Western Historical Manuscripts Collection

Columbia, MO
Papers: 1947-1948, 0.3 linear foot. Remarks by Samuel "Wat" Arnold in the Congressional Record, material for a weekly newsletter, and a script for a weekly radio broadcast to the people in his district.
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