Rex Warren Perkins left his mark in the courtrooms of Arkansas and on the lives of all who knew him. Bold, articulate, and full of himself, he arrived at the University of Arkansas in 1928 with his fiddle, five dollars, and a blue serge suit. Within five years, he graduated law school, was elected to public office, and ran headlong into a federal grand jury. Embattled on all sides, he fought back, locking horns with the indomitable Roberta Fulbright, publisher of the city’s newspaper and mother of future Arkansas senator J. William Fulbright.
The biography of Rex Perkins tracks his family heritage from the seventeenth century, documents his rise to fame as the preeminent trial attorney of Northwest Arkansas, and recounts the most famous cases of his thirty-year career. The story also reveals the private life of a passionate man who loved nature, music, and his family. Most of all, he loved the practice of law. Fifty years after his death, his dynamic personality and his exemplary skill as an attorney are fondly remembered.
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5 star review! “Excellent biography of a fascinating man! I thoroughly enjoyed reading Denele Campbell’s outstanding biography of Fayetteville, Arkansas legendary attorney Rex Perkins. I read the book in just over a day and looked forward to every new chapter. Campbell does a great job of researching and writing – giving us an in depth look at this complex and fascinating man. Job well done!”