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David W Jr PEEL (VETERAN WWI) (FAMOUS)

Bentonville City Cemetery
Benton County,
Arkansas

FIRST LIEUTENANT US Army
World War I
January 4, 1891 - December 29, 1979

BANKER, ATTORNEY, MAYOR

David W. Peel, Jr. was born in Bentonville, AR. on Jan. 4 1891, the son of David W. Peel, Sr. and Frances Arlington. After attending the University of Arkansas, he worked in the banking industry for 10 years, followed by serving as a practicing attorney in the city of Bentonville. Gov. Carl Bailey appointed David as the first chairman of the Arkansas Workman's Compensation Commission, a position he held for 14 years, serving under Gov. Atkins, Gov. Cherry and Gov. McMath. He served as Mayor of Bentonville for four terms and was chairman of the Benton County Democratic Party for 25 years. In 1917 he joined the Allied Expeditionary Force and served in France from August, 1918 through June, 1919 as a First Lieutenant, Adjutant First Battery, Thirty-Fourth U.S. Infantry. He was a charter member of the Bentonville Rotary Club,and served as its' first president. David passed away at his home in Bentonville AR. on Dec. 29, 1979, and was laid to rest in the Bentonville City cemetery. Papers and letters pertaining to David are housed at the University of Arkansas Special Collections, donated by his daughter, Mary Briscoe Peel Marquess.

Sources:

University of Arkansas Special Collections
http://libinfo.uark.edu/specialcollections/findingaids/peeldavid.asp (accessed Jan 4, 2009)
Rogers Daily News & Springdale News, Mon. Dec. 31, 1979 (Obituary)

Contributed on 7/9/08 by wfields55
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Record #: 35056

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Submitted: 7/9/08 • Approved: 8/17/16 • Last Updated: 8/20/16 • R35056-G0-S3

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