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because Anthony refused to take his seat in the middle of a heated
discussion on the bank question.9 Such scenes did not occur
during the session of 1842. Oldham presided with great dignity
and administered rigidly the rules of the House, but he was al-
ways courteous and impartial.10 The session was a very peaceful
one until a few days before adjournment. The House overruled
the Speaker's decision concerning a point of order which seemed
trivial. Oldham made a speech, handed in his resignation, and
walked out of the House. A new Speaker was elected, but he re-
signed later on the same day, and Oldham was elected again. He
served until the session adjourned." This incident showed the
characteristic attitude of the man.
In 1844 Oldham was rewarded for his faithful service to the
Democratic party during the election when he was one of the
Presidential Electors, for he was elected Associate Justice of the
Supreme Court of Arkansas.12 As a judge, Judge Oldham seemed
to fulfill the expectations of his friends, for his decisions settled
some of the trying questions of that time. George W. Paschal,
who was a political enemy of Oldham, admitted that Oldham "was
the court while he was judge."3 But Oldham preferred a political
career to a judicial one. In 1847, there began for him a long
series of political defeats. He ran for Congress against Robert W.
Johnson, a member of the "Conway clique," a powerful factor in
Arkansas politics. Johnson was a very popular man, and the
campaign was a hard one for Oldham. Alfred W. Wilson of Fay-
etteville, an old friend of Oldham, was angered by Oldham's atti-
tude toward him for some reason, and he allowed his name to be
presented as a candidate for Congress. This drew support from
Oldham in the western part, and the result was Oldham's defeat
for the congressional nomination.14
*W. F. Pope, Early Days in Arkansas, 223-226 (Little Rock, 1895).
'oArkansas Banner, December 25, 1844.
"Journal of the House of Representatives of Arkansas, 1843, pages
"Arkansas Banner, November 13, 1844.
"Southern Intelligencer (Austin, Texas) May 11, 1859. George W.
Paschal was the editor; he had lived in Arkansas before he came to Texas,
and he knew Oldham. In 1859, he and Oldham were having a verbal combat
over the public printing which the State Gazette had done while Oldham
was one of the editors.
"Arkansas Banner, January 10, 1848; John Hallum, Biographical and
Pictorial History of Arkansas, 288 (New York, 1887).
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