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William Fadjo Cravens

William Fadjo Cravens (February 15, 1899 – April 16, 1974) was an American politician and a United States Congressman (Democrat, Arkansas).

William Fadjo Cravens
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Arkansas's 4th district
In office
September 12, 1939 – January 3, 1949
Preceded byWilliam B. Cravens
Succeeded byBoyd A. Tackett
Personal details
BornFebruary 15, 1899 (1899-02-15)
Fort Smith, Arkansas
DiedApril 16, 1974 (1974-04-17) (aged 75)
Fort Smith, Arkansas
Citizenship United States
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Elizabeth B. Echols Cravens
ChildrenKatherine Elizabeth Cravens William Fadjo Cravens
Alma materWashington & Lee University
Military service
AllegianceUnited States United States of America
Branch/serviceUnited States Navy
Battles/warsWorld War I


Cravens was born on February 15, 1899 in Fort Smith, Arkansas, the son of Arkansas Congressman William B. Cravens and Carolyn (Dyal) Cravens. He attended the University of Arkansas and the University of Pittsburgh; he also attended Washington & Lee University in Lexington, Virginia, from which he received a law degree. He was married on February 16, 1926, to Elizabeth B. Echols and they had two children, Katherine Elizabeth Cravens and William Fadjo Cravens.[1]


After having served in World War I in the United States Navy, Cravens passed the bar in 1920 and began a law practice in Fort Smith. He took the position of City Attorney in Fort Smith.[2]

Elected to the 76th United States Congress in a special election, Cravens filled the term of his father, William Ben Cravens, who had died in office, Cravens was re-elected, and served in Congress from September 12, 1939 to January 3, 1949.[3]


Cravens died in Fort Smith, Sebastian County, Arkansas, on April 16, 1974 (age 75 years, 60 days). He is interred at Forest Park Cemetery, Fort Smith, Arkansas.[4]


  1. ^ "William Fadjo Cravens". Retrieved 21 June 2013.
  2. ^ "William Fadjo Cravens". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved 21 June 2013.
  3. ^ "William Fadjo Cravens". Govtrack US Congress. Retrieved 21 June 2013.
  4. ^ "William Fadjo Cravens". The Political Graveyard. Retrieved 21 June 2013.

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