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Logan H. ROOTS

March 26, 1841 - May 30, 1893

 Source: American Annual Cyclopaedia and Register of Important Events,
Vol. 33, 1893, p. 566
Transcribed and submitted by A. Newell
Logan H. Roots
      Logan H. Roots, philanthropist, born in Perry County, Illinois, March 26, 1841; died in Little Rock, Arkansas, May 30, 1893.
 
      He became principal of the high school in Duquoin, Illinois in 1861; was graduated at the Illinois State Normal University in 1862; aided in organizing and enlisted in the 81st Illinois Volunteers immediately after leaving the university; was chief depot commissary for General Sherman's army on its march to the sea; and served to the close of the war.
 
      He then settled in Arkansas, engaged in planting and trading, became active in politics after the passage of the reconstruction acts, and was elected to Congress from the First Arkansas District as a Republican in 1866 and 1868.
 
      On the expiration of his second term he applied himself to the development of Arkansas, and acquired an estate valued at $1,400,000.
 
      In his will he directed that his estate be held intact till the year 1914, one half of the income up to that time going to his wife and daughters, one tenth to be applied to charitable and humanitarian purposes, two tenths to a brother and sister, the remaining two tenths to be invested. He authorized the income of $20,000 to be paid to the city of Little Rock for the period of 20 years for the support of the poor and needy, and directed that after the year 1914 the residue of his estate, after payment of specific legacies of $500,000, be paid to the city for park and hospital purposes, provided the State, county, or city will raise an equal fund, otherwise the proposition to be made to the city of Hot Springs or Eureka Springs. It was thought that the residue would amount to about $700,000.
 

 Source: Sketch of career, Hempstead's Pictorial History of Arkansas, pp. 813-814
Publications of the Arkansas Historical Association, edited by John Hugh Reynolds, Vol. 1 (1908)
Transcribed and submitted by Renae Donaldson
Logan H. Roots
      Born in Perry County, Illinois, March 26, 1841; graduated from the State Normal Institute in 1862; chief depot commissary under General Sherman in 1864; collector of internal revenue for the first district of Arkansas in 1867; congressman, 1868-1871; United States marshal for the western district of Arkansas; moved to Little Rock in 1872 and engaged in financial enterprises.
 
      He was married in 1871 to Miss Emily M. Blakeslee of New York. He died in 1893 and was buried in Oakland cemetery in Little Rock.
 
      His last resting place is marked by a magnificent gray marble shaft on a quadrangular base of the same material. His epitaph is as follows: "Logan H. Roots; Mar. 26, 1841, May 30, 1893. Colonel United States volunteers, 1861-5. Department commander, Grand Army of the Republic. Member of the Society of the Army of Tennessee, and companion Military Order of Loyal Legion, U. S. Grand Master of Freemasons of Arkansas. Grand High Priest of Grand Chapter. Grand Master of Grand Council. Grand Commander of Knights Templars of Arkansas. "Loyal and true to his country, his family, friends and to Arkansas." "A servant of the Lord. Faithful unto death."
 

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