Stephen Wallace Dorsey
|Stephen Wallace Dorsey|
|United States Senator
March 4, 1873 – March 3, 1879
|Preceded by||Benjamin F. Rice|
|Succeeded by||James D. Walker|
February 28, 1842|
|Died||March 20, 1916
Los Angeles, California
|Resting place||Fairmount Cemetery in Denver, Colorado|
He was born in Benson in Rutland County, Vermont, and subsequently moved to Ohio and settled in Oberlin, where he attended public schools. During the American Civil War, he served in the Union Army. After the war he returned to Ohio and settled in Sandusky where he was employed by the Sandusky Tool Company and subsequently became its president. Named president of the Arkansas Railway Company, he relocated to Helena, Arkansas.
He was a U.S. Senator from March 4, 1873, to March 3, 1879 and did not seek reelection, then the domain of the Arkansas General Assembly. He was a chairman of the Committee on District of Columbia (Forty-fifth Congress). In 1876, he was made a member of the Republican National Committee. In 1880, when the Republicans nominated James A. Garfield for U.S. President and Chester A. Arthur for vice president, Dorsey became the secretary of the Republican National Committee. His reputation was tarnished, though, by the Star route scandal, in which Dorsey and his partners were accused of defrauding the government of $412,000. Dorsey was defended by noted criminal law attorney Robert G. Ingersoll. Though he was found not guilty, the cost of his defense and the damage to his reputation all but destroyed Dorsey’s political and financial ambitions.
After Dorsey, no other Republican served as senior Senator from Arkansas until Tim Hutchinson in 1999, upon David Pryor's retirement. No other Republican served in the class 3 Senate seat from Arkansas that Dorsey held until John Boozman in 2011.
He engaged in cattle raising and mining in New Mexico and Colorado and subsequently moved to Los Angeles, California, where he resided until his death in 1916. He is interred at Fairmount Cemetery in Denver, Colorado.
- United States Congress. "Stephen Wallace Dorsey (id: D000441)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
Benjamin F. Rice
|U.S. Senator (Class 3) from Arkansas
Served alongside: Powell Clayton, Augustus H. Garland
James D. Walker