Famous Arkansan: William Fulbright


Several well-known people have roots in Arkansas. The list runs the gamut from Johnny Cash to Jermain
Taylor. Check here every Monday as we highlight a new Famous Arkansan each week. Today,
Meet: William Fulbright

 

J. William Fulbright (1905-1995) moved to Fayetteville in 1906 when he was one year old. He graduated from the University of Arkansas and was appointed president of the university in 1939, making him the youngest university president in the country. He held the post until 1941.
First elected to Congress in 1943, served as a U.S.
Senator from 1945 to 1974 and made the cover of Time magazine. As Senator, he established the prestigious Fulbright Fellowship program, which provided for the exchange of students and teachers between the United States and foreign
countries. He also introduced the Fulbright Resolution which laid the groundwork for support for the formation of the United Nations.
 As longtime chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, he became the first
prominent congressional critic of the Vietnam War in 1966. He is interred in
the Fulbright family plot at Evergreen Cemetery in Fayetteville. A bronze
statue on the University of Arkansas main campus pays homage to him. The photo
is care of the AP.

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