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Governor George Izard Day

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WHEREAS: George Izard, a scholar, soldier, and major general in the United States Army during the War of 1812, served as the second Governor of the Arkansas Territory from March 4, 1825, until his death on November 22, 1828; and
WHEREAS: The son of a diplomat father and a mother from a prominent colonial New York family, Izard had eight sisters and four brothers. He was born in London and lived his formative years abroad; and
WHEREAS: As a lieutenant in the United States Corps of Artillerists and Engineers, Izard oversaw the construction of Fort Pinckney in South Carolina when U.S.-French relations became strained; and
WHEREAS: President James Monroe nominated Izard to the post of Governor of the Arkansas Territory, and the United States Senate confirmed Izard’s appointment; and
WHEREAS: Leaving behind kith and kin, Izard arrived in Arkansas on May 31, 1825; and
WHEREAS: A man of order and discipline, Izard found territorial government disorganized and unstable. He set about the tasks of rectifying the financial disorder of the territory and making government an organized and efficient institution; and
WHEREAS: The tenure of Governor George Izard was characterized by issues involving natural resources, roads, treaty negotiations with Indians, the organization and strengthening of the militia, and the restructuring of territorial government; and
WHEREAS: October 21, 2011, marks the 235th birthday of Governor George Izard;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, MIKE BEEBE, Governor of the State of Arkansas, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the laws of the State of Arkansas, do hereby proclaim October 21, 2011, as
across Arkansas, and I encourage my fellow citizens to join me in recognizing the exemplary contributions that Governor George Izard made to our people and our State.
IN TESTIMONY WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Great Seal of the State of Arkansas to be affixed this 21st day of September, in the year of our Lord 2011.