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Bradley Dean Jesson

Bradley Dean Jesson, American lawyer. Bar: Arkansas 1959. Names Outstanding Alumnus University Arkansas School Law, Fayetteville, 1982.


  • Jesson, Bradley Dean was born on January 26, 1932 in Bartlesville, Oklahoma, United States. Son of Dean Abram and Opal (Bradley) Jesson.

  • Education

    • Bachelor in History and Political Science, University Tulsa, 1954. Juris Doctor, University Arkansas, 1959.


    • Law clerk United States District Court, Fort Smith, Arkansas, 1959-1961. Partner Hardin, Jesson & Dawson, 1961-1995. Chief justice Arkansas Supreme Court, Little Rock, 1995-1996.

      Attorney Hardin, Dawson & Terry, Fort Smith, Arkansas. Legislation secretary Governor of Arkansas, Little Rock, 1971-1972.

    Major achievements

    • Bar: Arkansas 1959.


    People sometimes argue that involvement in political life involves getting our hands dirty, so is something Christians should avoid. But God is present in everything, including political institutions.


    Salvation requires work. It can only be accomplished through effort, and this is what the Gospel is all about.

    Denomination: Methodist


    Every Christian should study the Bible that contains a variety of inspirational and thoughtful ideas in the field of history, law, and poetry.


    Chairman Arkansas Democratic Party, Little Rock, 1972-1974. Trustee University Arkansas, Fayetteville, 1974-1985, chairman 1982-1984. Chairman Fort Smith Civil Service commission, 1978-1983.

    City attorney Fort Smith, 1964-1965. State board election commissioners, 1972-1974. 1st lieutenant United States Air Force, 1955-1957.

    Fellow American College Trial Lawyers, Arkansas Bar Foundation. Member American Bar Association, Arkansas Bar Association (Chairman savings and loan section 1976), Sebastian County Bar Association (president 1968-1969).


    • Married Mary Ellen Everett, December 27, 1953. Children: Lucinda, Jennifer, Deana, Mary Beth.
    • father: Dean Abram Jesson
    • mother: Opal (Bradley) Jesson
    • spouse: Mary Ellen Everett
    • children: Lucinda Jesson
    • Jennifer Jesson
    • Deana Jesson
    • Mary Beth Jesson
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