Jordan E. Cravens

Jordan Edgar Cravens ( born November 7, 1830 in Fredericktown, Madison County, Missouri, † April 8, 1914 in Fort Smith, Arkansas ) was an American politician. Between 1877 and 1883 he represented the third electoral district of the state of Arkansas in the U.S. House of Representatives.


Already in 1831, came the young Jordan Cravens with his father in the then Arkansas Territory. There he attended the public schools and the Cane Hill Academy. After studying law and his 1854 was admitted to the bar he began in Clarksville ( Arkansas) to work in his new profession. In 1860 he became a deputy in the House of Representatives from Arkansas. During the Civil War Cravens rose in the army of the Confederate States until Colonel.

After the war, Cravens was 1865-1866 prosecutor in Johnson County. Between 1866 and 1868 he was a member of the Senate from Arkansas. Politically, he was a member of the Independent Democrats, a faction of the Democratic Party. As the candidate he was in 1876 in the third district of Arkansas in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington DC selected. There he entered on March 4, 1877, the successor of William W. Wilshire. In the following elections he was candidate of the Democratic Party confirmed in each case. He was able to complete in Congress until March 3, 1883 three legislative periods.

For the elections of 1882 Cravens has not been nominated by his party. After the end of his time in Congress, he again worked as a lawyer. Between 1890 and 1894 Cravens was District Judge. He died in April 1914 in Fort Smith. Jordan Cravens was the cousin of William B. Cravens, who represented from 1907 to 1940, with interruptions the state of Arkansas in Congress.