C. W. Melson

Politician, Deceased Person

1929 – 1981

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Who was C. W. Melson?

Cyrus William "C.W." Melson was a Republican member of the Arkansas House of Representatives from the Ozone community in Johnson County in northwestern Arkansas. He served from 1977 until his death in office.

An Assembly of God minister, Melson was the son of Virgil Melson of Ozone. He was married to the former Kathleen Neeley of Clarksville, the seat of Johnson County.

Melson's brother, also named Virgil Melson, was the unsuccessful Republican candidate in the special election held on August 25, 1981, to choose a new representative. The seat hence reverted to the Democrats.

Melson was among seven Republicans in the Arkansas legislature during most of his tenure. His colleagues were Carolyn Pollan of Fort Smith, Jim L. Smithson of Marshall, Jerry King of Greenwood, Richard L. Barclay of Rogers, Jerry E. Hinshaw of Springdale, and Judy Petty Wolf of Little Rock. During Melson's last six months in office, a Republican, Frank D. White served a single two-year term as governor.

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Born
Jul 9, 1929
Arkansas
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Lived in
  • Arkansas
  • Ozone, Arkansas
Died
Jun 1, 1981

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on July 23, 2013

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