Arkansas has had two true Statemen serve in the U. S. Senate.
Senator J. William Fulbright believed that a “Parliament of Man” was possible, that educated, enlightened human beings were able to recognize that their individual interests and were inextricably bound up with the well being of the community. The crux of that education was knowledge about and appreciation of other cultures. Tolerance, peaceful coexistence, respect for human rights, and collective security are Fulbright’s bequests to the nation and the world.
Senator Dale Bumpers went from being a small town lawyer in Charleston, AR to become one of the greatest orators to ever serve in the U. S. Senate.
Senator Bumpers considered his proudest achievement to be the smooth, uneventful desegregation of the Charleston, Arkansas School District in 1954.
U. S. Senator J. William Fulbright Chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee1959 to 1975
Senator Dale Bumpers1975–1999