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Ray Thornton

congressman , state supreme court justice , former congressman

Ray Thornton was state supreme court justice, former congressman. Bar: Arkansas 1956, Supreme Court of the United States Court 1956. Chairman president's development council Harding College, Searcy, Arkansas, 1971—1973; Member of American Association for the Advancement of Science (chairman committee on science, engineering public policy 1980).

Background

Thornton, Ray was born on July 16, 1928 in Conway, Arkansas, United States. Son of R.H. and Wilma (Stephens) Thornton.

Education

Bachelor, Yale University, 1950. Juris Doctor, University Arkansas, 1956.

Career

Private practice in, Sheridan and Little Rock, 1956—1970. Attorney general, 1971—1973. Member 93d-95th Congresses from 4th Arkansas district.

Executive director Quachita Baptist U./Henderson State University Joint Educational Consortium, Arkadelphia, Arkansas, 1979—1980. President Arkansas State University, Jonesboro and Beebe, 1984—1989, University Arkansas Systems, Fayetteville, Little Rock, Pine Bluff, Monticello, 1984—1989. Member 102nd-104th Congresses from 2d Arkansas district, 1991—1996.

Associate justice Arkansas Supreme Court, 1997—2004. Chairman Arkansas Board Law Examiners, 1967—1970. Delegate 7th Arkansas Constitutional Convention, 1969—1970.

With United States Navy, 1951-1954, Korea.

Achievements

  • Bar: Arkansas 1956, Supreme Court of the United States Court 1956.

Membership

Chairman president's development council Harding College, Searcy, Arkansas, 1971—1973. Member of American Association for the Advancement of Science (chairman committee on science, engineering public policy 1980).

Connections

Married Betty Jo Mann, January 27, 1956. Children: Nancy, Mary Jo, Stephanie.

father:
R.H. Thornton

mother:
Wilma (Stephens) Thornton

spouse:
Betty Jo Mann

children:
Nancy Thornton

Mary Jo Thornton

Stephanie Thornton