Hugh A. Dinsmore

Hugh Anderson Dinsmore ( born December 24, 1850 in Cave Springs, Benton County, Arkansas; † May 2, 1930 in St. Louis, Missouri ) was an American politician. Between 1893 and 1903 he represented the fifth and 1903-1905 the third electoral district of the state of Arkansas in the U.S. House of Representatives. He was also from 1887 to 1890 Envoy in Korea.


Hugh Dinsmore was educated at private schools in his native Arkansas. In 1873 he was bailiff in Benton County. After studying law in Bentonville and his admission to the bar he began to work in his new profession from 1875 in Fayetteville. Between 1878 and 1884 Dinsmore was prosecutor in the fourth judicial district of Arkansas.

Dinsmore was a member of the Democratic Party. In January 1887, he was appointed by President Grover Cleveland to the American ambassador in Korea. There he represented until 1890, the interests of the United States. In the congressional elections of 1892 he was in the fifth district of Arkansas in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington DC chosen, where he Samuel W. Peel replaced on March 4, 1893. After he was re-elected in the next elections, respectively, he was able to complete up to March 3, 1905 a total of six legislative sessions in Congress. In his last term of office 1903-1905 he represented as the successor of Thomas McRae the third constituency. For the elections of 1905 Dinsmore has not been nominated by his party.

After his time in Congress Dinsmore again worked as a lawyer in Fayetteville. Later he devoted himself more and more agriculture. Hugh Dinsmore was also a member of the Board of Trustees of the University of Arkansas. He died on 2 May 1930 in St. Louis, and was buried in Fayetteville.