Odell Pollard

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Odell Pollard
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Born(1927-04-29)April 29, 1927
DiedMarch 12, 2015(2015-03-12) (aged 87)
Alma materTulane University
Mississippi College
University of Arkansas
Political partyRepublican Party
Spouse(s)Sammy Lane

Odell Pollard (1927 - 2015) was a lawyer and politician in Arkansas. He switched from being a Democrat to becoming a member of the Republican Party.[1] In the 1960s, he chaired the Arkansas Republican Party.[2] In 1967 he addressed the Urban League of Little Rock.[3] He had a law firm in Searcy, Arkansas for many years and worked to transform Arkansas from Democrat Party domination into two-party state.[4] He was a close ally of Winthrop Rockefeller.

Further reading

  • “State GOP Elects Pollard Chairman, Hears Caution Plea.” by Mike Barrier Arkansas Gazette, December 11, 1966, pages 1A and 2A.
  • “New GOP Chairman Was Once a Democrat, Never Voted That Way.” Arkansas Gazette December 18, 1966, page 24A.
  • Agenda for Reform: Winthrop Rockefeller as Governor of Arkansas, 1967–1971 by Cathy Kunzinger Urwin, Fayetteville: University of Arkansas Press, 1991


  1. "Encyclopedia of Arkansas". Encyclopedia of Arkansas.
  2. Ward, John L. (May 16, 2011). "The Arkansas Rockefeller". LSU Press – via Google Books.
  3. "The Arkansas Historical Quarterly". Arkansas Historical Association. February 24, 1995 – via Google Books.
  4. "Obituary for Odell Pollard, Searcy, AR". www.arkansasonline.com.

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