Mark W. Izard

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Mark W. Izard
Mark Whitaker Izard.jpg
2nd Governor of Nebraska Territory
In office
February 20, 1855 – October 25, 1857
Nominated byFranklin Pierce
Preceded byFrancis Burt
Thomas B. Cuming (acting)
Succeeded byThomas B. Cuming (acting)
William Richardson
Personal details
Born(1799-12-25)December 25, 1799
Lexington, Kentucky
DiedAugust 1866 (aged 66–67)
Forrest City, Arkansas
Political partyDemocratic

Mark Whitaker Izard (December 25, 1799 – August 1866) was an Arkansas Democratic politician is best known for being the 2nd Governor of the Nebraska Territory.

Izard was born in Lexington, Kentucky to Nicholas H and Rebecca (Whitaker) Izard on December 25, 1799. His family were among the early settlers of the Huntsville, Alabama area and he was educated there in public schools.[1] Izard married the daughter of George Shackleford of Charleston, South Carolina in 1823. The next year he moved his family to frontier town of Mount Vernon, Arkansas. Over the next several years he acquired a appreciable amount of land and slaves.[1]

Mark Izard served in the Arkansas Territorial Council and as a delegate to the Arkansas Constitutional Convention of 1836. He was a member of both the Arkansas State Senate 1836, 1838–1840, and 1850–1853; he served as President of the Arkansas Senate. Izard also served in the Arkansas House of Representatives and served as its speaker. He became the governor of the Nebraska Territory in 1855 to 1857. He died in 1866 and is buried in Forrest City, Arkansas.[2]



  1. ^ a b McMullin & Walker, p. 224
  2. ^ Mark Izard


  • McMullin, Thomas A.; Walker, David (1984). Biographical Directory of American Territorial Governors. Westport, CT: Meckler Publishing. ISBN 0-930466-11-X.
  • Morton, Julius Sterling; Watkins, Albert (1918). History of Nebraska from the earliest explorations of the trans-Mississippi region. Lincoln, Nebraska: Western Publishing and Engraving Company. p. 249. OCLC 17692533. Thomas Cuming.
  • "Izard, Mark Whitaker". The Political Graveyard. Retrieved January 8, 2006.
Preceded by
Thomas B. Cuming
Acting Territorial Governor
Governor of Nebraska Territory
February 23, 1855 – October 25, 1857
Succeeded by
Thomas B. Cuming
Acting Territorial Governor