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Rex Warren Perkins left his mark in the courtrooms of Arkansas and on the lives of all who knew him. Bold, articulate, and full of himself, he arrived at the University of Arkansas in 1928 with his fiddle, five dollars, and a blue serge suit. Within five years, he graduated law school, was elected to public office, and ran headlong into a federal grand jury. Embattled on a Rex Warren Perkins left his mark in the courtrooms of Arkansas and on the lives of all who knew him. Bold, articulate, and full of himself, he arrived at the University of Arkansas in 1928 with his fiddle, five dollars, and a blue serge suit. Within five years, he graduated law school, was elected to public office, and ran headlong into a federal grand jury. Embattled on all sides, he fought back, locking horns with the indomitable Roberta Fulbright, publisher of the city’s newspaper and mother of future Arkansas senator J. William Fulbright. The biography of Rex Perkins tracks his family heritage from the seventeenth century, documents his rise to fame as the preeminent trial attorney of Northwest Arkansas, and recounts the most famous cases of his thirty-year career. The story also reveals the private life of a passionate man who loved nature, music, and his family. Most of all, he loved the practice of law. Fifty years after his death, his dynamic personality and his exemplary skill as an attorney are fondly remembered.


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Rex Warren Perkins left his mark in the courtrooms of Arkansas and on the lives of all who knew him. Bold, articulate, and full of himself, he arrived at the University of Arkansas in 1928 with his fiddle, five dollars, and a blue serge suit. Within five years, he graduated law school, was elected to public office, and ran headlong into a federal grand jury. Embattled on a Rex Warren Perkins left his mark in the courtrooms of Arkansas and on the lives of all who knew him. Bold, articulate, and full of himself, he arrived at the University of Arkansas in 1928 with his fiddle, five dollars, and a blue serge suit. Within five years, he graduated law school, was elected to public office, and ran headlong into a federal grand jury. Embattled on all sides, he fought back, locking horns with the indomitable Roberta Fulbright, publisher of the city’s newspaper and mother of future Arkansas senator J. William Fulbright. The biography of Rex Perkins tracks his family heritage from the seventeenth century, documents his rise to fame as the preeminent trial attorney of Northwest Arkansas, and recounts the most famous cases of his thirty-year career. The story also reveals the private life of a passionate man who loved nature, music, and his family. Most of all, he loved the practice of law. Fifty years after his death, his dynamic personality and his exemplary skill as an attorney are fondly remembered.

37 review for Rex Perkins: A Biography

  1. 5 out of 5

    Raven

    I have to admit I am not from Arkansas, nor do I have any connection to the area--so when I tell you this was an enjoyable biography, just believe me. I read the summary of this book on Amazon and was instantly interested. Ms. Campbell was smart in picking this 'local legend' to detail the life of. She is sure to detail Perkins' basic history and interests, as well as his eccentricities both professionally and personally. Well researched, including an interview with one of Rex's daughters, this I have to admit I am not from Arkansas, nor do I have any connection to the area--so when I tell you this was an enjoyable biography, just believe me. I read the summary of this book on Amazon and was instantly interested. Ms. Campbell was smart in picking this 'local legend' to detail the life of. She is sure to detail Perkins' basic history and interests, as well as his eccentricities both professionally and personally. Well researched, including an interview with one of Rex's daughters, this is a must-read if you love a good biography.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Denele

    I just want to say that the 1-star ratings on this book are hate acts performed by people who are trying to harm me personally because of my political views on a law under consideration in the Arkansas Senate. These ratings have nothing to do with the book but Goodreads refuses to remove them despite multiple explanations of why they are here.

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