Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Marker Program

Murder of John Clayton


City: Plumerville

County: Conway

Location: Plummerville Cemetery on Sardis Road west of Plumerville

Sponsor: Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission; Plummerville Cemetery; Arkansas Humanities Council; Department of Arkansas Heritage; Arkansas Historic Preservation Program

GEO Coordinates

UTM-X: 530660
UTM-Y: 3890131
UTM Zone: 15

Latitude: 35.153617
Longitude: -92.663371

Marker Text

Murder of John Clayton

John Clayton, the brother of Arkansas’s Reconstruction Governor Powell Clayton, came to Arkansas in 1867 and became active in Republican politics. He served as both representative and senator in the state legislature and was a five-term sheriff of Jefferson County. In 1888, Clayton ran for U.S. Congress, losing by 746 votes out of 34,000 cast. In January 1889, he came to Plumerville to investigate the theft of a ballot box from an African American precinct that supported him. On Jan. 29, he was fatally shot. His murderer was never identified.

No. 100

Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission

Plummerville Cemetery

Arkansas Humanities Council

Department of Arkansas Heritage

Arkansas Historic Preservation Program


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