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Dwight H. BLACKWOOD

Dwight H. BLACKWOOD, American Chairman, State Highway Commission. Member of Masons; Osceola Lodge Northern 27, F. and Master of Arts; Albert Pike Consistory Northern 1, A. and A.S.R.; Olivet Commandry Northern 20 Knight Templar; Sahara Temple of Mystic Shrine, Pine Bluff; First Methodist Church, Little Rock. Club: Sylvan Hill8 Country.

Background

  • BLACKWOOD, Dwight H. was born on December 24, 1886 in Osceola, Arkansas, United States.

  • Education

    • Public Schools, Osceola. Ouachita College, Arkadelphia, Arkansas. Arkansas State University.

    Career

    • Dwight H. Junior and Virginia. Became Professor Baseball Player. Played with various teams including Cleveland of American League.

      Chief Deputy Sheriff, Osceola, Arkansas, 1914-1918. Sheriff, 1918-1924 (destroyed 205 moonshine stills and arrested 114 illicit distillers). Appointed State Treasurer to fill unexpired term, 1925.

      Elected Commissioner of State Lands. Highways and Improvements, 1926 (during the first two and one-half years of tenure in office there was put under way 962 road and bridge projects aggregating a cost of $48,413,- 147.24, consisting of 4,611 miles of grade and minor drainage structures. The erection and completion of Harahan Viaduct, connecting Eastern Arkansas with the Southern metropolis, Memphis, Tennessee (This viaduct being necessary because of the vast area of low land adjacent to the river on the Arkansas side).

      Sponsored Leg. Act prohibiting erection of any privately owned toll bridges on State Highways of Arkansas and giving the Commissioner power to condemn and take over the existing privately owned toll bridges in State, of which there are only three structures of any importance. Re-elected to office of Highway Commissioner, defeating two opponents by largest majority ever given a candidate for a state office in its history, having carried every Company in State over both opponents, since 1928.

    Membership

    Member of Masons; Osceola Lodge Northern 27, F. and Master of Arts. Albert Pike Consistory Northern 1, A. and A.S.R. Olivet Commandry Northern 20 Knight Templar.

    Sahara Temple of Mystic Shrine, Pine Bluff. First Methodist Church, Little Rock. Club: Sylvan Hill8 Country.

    Connections

    • Spouse Lucy Jones, January 7, 1909.
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