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Ben T. Brewer

Ben T. Brewer is one of the most extensive planters of Cleveland County, and is now actively engaged in tilling a tract of land comprising 500 acres, although he is the owner of 1,100 acres.

He was born in what is now Cleveland County (then Jefferson County), October 21, 1859, and is the son of William T. and Malinda (Taliaferro) Brewer, who were born in Georgia and died in Jefferson County and Cleveland County, Ark., January 25, 1883, aged fifty three years, and in 1880, aged forty seven years, respectively.

They were married in their native State, which they continued to make their home until about 1851, when they settled on a farm in Jefferson County, Ark., where they became quite wealthy, but lost heavily during the Rebellion.

The father was colonel of the Ninth Regiment of Arkansas Infantry, Confederate States Army, and was a participant in many battles. He was a Democrat, a member of the Masonic fraternity, and he and wife were members of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South.

Four of their six children are now living: Ross, Ben T. N. T. and Lucy C. Charley and Mamie (twins) are deceased, and all the children were born on the plantation on which Ben T. is now living.

The latter received his literary education in the State University at Fayetteville in 1874, and since then has devoted his attention to farming and has been very successful, being enterprising and industrious.

He enjoys the reputation of being not only a substantial and progressive farmer, but an intelligent and thoroughly posted man in all public affairs, and honorable upright dealing has always been one of his chief characteristics.


Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Southern Arkansas
Copyright 1890
Published by The Goodspeed Publishing Co.; Chicago, Nashville and St. Louis