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Felix Ives Batson

Born: Sep 6, 1819

Death: Mar 11, 1871

Birthplace: Cincinnati

Nationality: United States

Felix Ives Batson

Date of Birth : Sep 6, 1819
Date of Death : Mar 11, 1871
Birth Place : Cincinnati

Felix Ives Batson was a prominent American lawyer and politician from Arkansas. Born in Dickson County, Tennessee, he later moved to Clarksville, Arkansas and established a law practice. He was admitted to the bar in 1841 and was one of the first attorneys in Johnson County. From 1853 to 1858 he was a circuit judge for the Fourth Judicial Circuit of Arkansas. In 1858 he served as a justice of the Arkansas Supreme Court, a position he resigned in 1860. Batson as a delegate to Arkansas Secession Convention prior to the Civil War in 1861 and voted for secession. During the American Civil War, he represented the First Congressional District of northwest Arkansas in the First Confederate Congress and the Second Confederate Congress House of Representatives. Batson defeated well known Arkansas politician Hugh French Thomason to win election in November 1861. In the first Congress, Batson served on the Inauguration, Military Affairs and Territories and Public Lands committees.

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