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James H. Penick collection

James H. Penick collection

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Finding aid for the James H. Penick Collection

BC.MSS.99.04

Butler Center for Arkansas Studies
100 Rock Street
Little Rock, Arkansas, 72201
(501) 320-5700



Repository: Butler Center for Arkansas Studies
Title: James H. Penick collection
Dates: 1912-1974
Quantity: 2.4 Linear feet
Abstarct:This collection contains documents, printed material and photographs from the life and work of James H. Penick.
Identification: BC.MSS.99.04
Language: English

Arrangement

This collection is arranged topically and chronologically.


Scope and Contents

This collection contains documents, printed material and photographs from the life and work of James H. Penick.


Biographical Information

James Henry Penick was born July 14, 1897, in West Plains, Missouri, to Edward and Eliza Penick. The family moved to Hot Springs, Arkansas, and then to Little Rock, where Edward opened a grocery store on South Main. James attended Little Rock High School (later Central High School), graduating in 1915. He attended Washington and Lee University in the 1915-1916 school year, and later received a degree from Arkansas Law School, being admitted to the bar in 1923.

Penick, who served in World War I, married Mary Worthen in 1918, just before he left for Europe. Mary was the daughter of W. B. Worthen, founder of Worthen Bank. He and Mary had three children. When he returned from the war, Penick went to work as a cashier at the bank, beginning a career that spanned more than 50 years.

Penick became a leader in banking in Little Rock, the state of Arkansas, and in national circles. His banking experience became important during World War II, when Penick reentered the Army as a financial officer. In the summer of 1943, he attended the Army's School of Military Government. He then served in North Africa and Italy with the Allied Financial Agency, a group responsible for the currency and banking systems in occupied territories.

In the years after the war, Penick continued his career as a banker, and was also active in numerous public service positions. His work and philanthropy included especially Little Rock Junior College (now the University of Arkansas at Little Rock) and the Little Rock Boys' Club, which named their new facility the James Penick Boys' Club.

Following the death of Mary in 1950, Penick married Virginia Ivey of Hermitage, Arkansas, and had two more children. Penick died in 1975.


Index Terms

This record series is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.

Allied Financial Agency. (Little Rock, Ark.)
Banks and banking -- Arkansas.
Central High School (Little Rock, Ark.) -- History.
Judd, Orange King (O. K.), Dr., 1873-?
Little Rock (Ark.) -- History.
Penick, James H., 1897-1975
World War, 1939-1945 -- Personal narratives, American.

Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

Unrestricted access.

Restrictions on Use

Non-circulating, in-house use only.


Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

James H. Penick Collection, MSS 99-04, Butler Center for Arkansas Studies, Arkansas Studies Institute

Acquisition Information

Donated by Ed Penick, 1999


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