Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Wednesday Wonderful Collection - Warren E. Lenon Sr. Collection, MS.000093

Warren E. Lenon was born in Iowa in 1867 and moved to Little Rock, Arkansas, in January of 1888. Soon after his arrival, he began work as a clerk for Arkansas Abstract Company and eventually became the sole owner of the company. The business included independent operations in handling real estate and extending financial loans on real estate securities. This finally evolved into banking, the activity for which Lenon was best known. Lenon was an organizer of the People's National Bank in 1902; he served as its first president and was on the board of directors for several decades. Active in the development of the city of Little Rock and always interested in promoting progress, Lenon served on the city council between 1896 and 1903 and was then elected Mayor. He was twice re-elected and served until his resignation in 1908, for the purpose of pursuing his business interests. Numerous public improvements were produced during his tenure as mayor, including construction of a new City Hall. A 1911 writer described Lenon this way: "No worthy enterprise or measure tending to enhance the progress or social and material well being of his home city fails to receive the earnest and valuable support of its former mayor." It was also stated at the time that "no citizen has a more secure place in popular confidence and esteem." Warren E. Lenon died June 24, 1946.
The materials in this collection reflect some of Lenon's activities, such as humanitarian, successful businessman, and public servant dedicated to progress. The collection contains a list of residents of Little Rock, apparently prepared during his first mayorial campaign in 1903; a ledger listing contributions to a fund for San Francisco earthquake victims; minutes and records of the Pulaski County Election Commission; and documents related to the activities of the Camp Pike Honorary Commission.
·         Camp Pike Honorary Commission records
o    1. Minutes, 1922-1929
o    2. Correspondence and records, 1922-1929
o    3. Correspondence and records, 1930-1932
o    4. Construction projects (particularly temporary mess halls), 1928-1931
o    5. Financial records (including operating statements and balance sheets), 1924-1928
o    6. Financial records, (including operating statements and balance sheets), 1929-1932
·         Little Rock residents list: Record book listing residents in Little Rock's eight wards, probably compiled during Lenon's 1903 mayorial campaign
·         San Francisco earthquake relief ledger: "Relief Fund for San Francisco and California Sufferers," a list of contributions received to aid San Francisco earthquake and fire victims, April 1906

·         Pulaski County Election Commission records: Pulaski County election commissioners, 1910 July-1912 April