William B. Cravens

William Ben Cravens ( born January 17, 1872 in Fort Smith, Arkansas; † January 13, 1939 in Washington DC ) was an American politician. Between 1907 and 1913, and from 1933 to 1939, he represented the fourth electoral district of the state of Arkansas in the U.S. House of Representatives.


William Cravens was the father of William Fadjo Cravens and cousin of Jordan E. Cravens, both of whom were also members of Congress for the State of Arkansas. He attended primary school in Louisville ( Kentucky) and then completed the Staunton Military Academy in Virginia. After studying law at the University of Missouri and its made ​​in 1893 admitted to the bar, he began practicing in his new profession in Fort Smith. Between 1898 and 1902 he was a lawyer of this city, and from 1902 to 1908 he was a prosecutor in the Twelfth Judicial District of Arkansas.

Politically Cravens was a member of the Democratic Party. In 1906 he was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives, where he became the successor of John Sebastian Little on March 4, 1907. After two re- election he was able to complete in Congress until March 3, 1913 three legislative periods. In 1912, he did not stand for re-election and worked over the next 20 years as a lawyer. In 1932 he was elected again in his old district in the U.S. House of Representatives. There he broke on March 4, 1933 from Effiegene Wingo. In the years 1934, 1936 and 1938, he was confirmed in each case in this mandate. His last legislative session began on January 3, 1939. However, ten days later he died in the German capital. The overdue election then won his son William.