Former U.S. Rep. John Paul Hammerschmidt dies at age 92 | Arkansas Blog

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Former U.S. Rep. John Paul Hammerschmidt dies at age 92

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JOHN PAUL HAMMERSCHMIDT: A Republican of a different era. - WIKIPEDIA
  • JOHN PAUL HAMMERSCHMIDT: A Republican of a different era.

John Paul Hammerschmidt
, the Northwest Arkansas Republican who served as congressman for the Third District for 26 years, died today in a Springdale hospital at the age of 92.

Hammerschmidt was a Republican at a time when Arkansas had been under one-party Democratic rule since the Civil War. He won his first race for the congressional seat in 1966 and fended off a challenge from a young Bill Clinton in 1974, who was then a law professor at the University of Arkansas. (Clinton's political career wouldn't take off until two years later, when he won the 1976 race for Attorney General.) Hammerschmidt retired from Congress in 1993.

Hammerschmidt is perhaps best remembered today for his sponsorship of a bill that led to the federal protection of the Buffalo River as a "national river." Here's more about his life from the Encyclopedia of Arkansas.

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