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Dale Bumpers
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United States Senator
from Arkansas
In office
January 3, 1975 – January 3, 1999
Preceded by William Fulbright
Succeeded by Blanche L. Lincoln
38th Governor of Arkansas
In office
January 12, 1971 – January 3, 1975
Lieutenant Bob C. Riley
Preceded by Winthrop Rockefeller
Succeeded by Bob C. Riley
as Acting Governor
Personal details
Dale Leon Bumpers

(1925-08-12)August 12, 1925
Charleston, Arkansas, U.S.
Died January 1, 2016(2016-01-01) (aged 90)
Little Rock, Arkansas, U.S.
Nationality American
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Betty Bumpers
Alma mater University of Arkansas
Northwestern University Law School
Military service
Branch/service United States Marine Corps
Years of service 1943-1946

Dale Leon Bumpers (August 12, 1925 – January 1, 2016) was an American politician. He served as the 38th Governor of Arkansas from 1971 to 1975. Bumpers served in the United States Senate from 1975 until his retirement in January 1999.

After his retirement from the Senate, Bumpers, a self-declared close friend of President Clinton, acted as defense attorney during Clinton's impeachment trial. He gave an impassioned closing argument during the Senate trial.

Bumpers died on January 1, 2016 at his home in Little Rock, Arkansas from complications from a fall at the age of 90. Bumpers was suffering from Alzheimer's disease at the time of his death.

  • Clinton, Bill (2005). My Life. Vintage. ISBN: 1-4000-3003-X.
  • Defense Who's Who", Washington Post, January 19, 1999 [1]
  • Encyclopedia of Arkansas History & Culture entry: Dale Leon Bumpers

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