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Madison County Sheriff's Office

Serving the Citizens of Madison County, Since 1836.
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Notable and Notorious Residents of Madison County

John Henry Selman

was born in Madison County, Arkansas. He was the son of Jeremiah Selman. The Selman family moved to Grayson County, Texas, in 1858. Selman, best known for murdering outlaw John Wesley Hardin in 1895. In accounts Hardin pistol-whipped 'Young John' Selman, and threatened his life. After hearing of the argument the elder Selman approached Hardin on the afternoon of August 19, 1895. The two exchanged words. That night Hardin went to the Acme Saloon and played dice. Shortly before midnight Selman walked into the saloon to confront Hardin. Drawing his gun at the door he walked up behind Hardin and shot Hardin in the back of the head - supposedly as Hardin went for his gun - killing him instantly. As Hardin lay on the floor, Selman fired three more shots into him. Selman was arrested, charged with murder and stood trial. Selman testified he saw Hardin notice him enter in the mirror and that Hardin had gone for his gun. Selman swore he fired in self-defense.

 

Orval Eugene Faubus

Was born 7 January 1910,near Combs, Arkansas in Madison County, was a six-term Democratic governor of Arkansas famous for his stand against integration of Little Rock, Arkansas schools in 1957 in defiance of U.S. Supreme Court rulings. He died 14 December 1994, buried in Combs Cemetery.

Danny Lee Patrick

Born:8 July 1941 Died:26 July 2009, was an educator and farmer from rural Delaney in Madison County, Arkansas, who served from 1967 to 1970 as a Republican member of the Arkansas House of Representatives for Madison and neighboring Carroll counties in the northwestern corner of his state. His legislative service coincided exactly with the administration of Winthrop Rockefeller, Arkansas' first GOP governor since Reconstruction. Like Rockefeller, Patrick was unseated in his bid for a third term in the general election held on November 3, 1970. The Democrats, led by gubernatorial nominee and, later, U.S. Senator Dale Bumpers, wiped out the gains that Republicans had temporarily achieved during the Rockefeller years. He was also a school board member in the Huntsville-St. Paul district.

Winford Phillips

Who opted for a career in law enforcement, starting as an Arkansas State Police radio dispatch operator in 1964, then joined the ranks as a Trooper two years later. His assignments over the years included serving as Commander of State Police Highway Patrol, Troop L at Springdale, and Director of the Arkansas State Police, Little Rock. Retiring in 2011 with 42 years of service. While serving as an Arkansas State Trooper, Phillips devoted 26 years to the Arkansas Army National Guard, where he was deployed to active status in the Persian Gulf War returning as a decorated veteran of both Operation Desert Shield and Desert Storm.

Ralph Francis Baker

Born:1938 Died: 1998, Madison County Sheriff from 1973 until 1998 when his automobile was swept into the White River while crossing a low water bridge resulting in his drowning death on January 5, 1998.

Robert G. Howard (Junior)

U.S. Marshal, Arkansas State Police Trooper, and finally The Director of The Arkansas State Police, retiring in 2012.

Rex Douglas Terrell

He was murdered in Madison County at his place of work, Fredrick's Grocery, in Huntsville, AR on 30 July 1977. The case was solved in 2019, however the prime suspect, Rory Allen Gregory, died in prison before the case could go to trial.

Billie Jean Phillips

She was murdered in her Madison County home on September 2, 1994. The case remains unsolved and is shrouded in mystery. Clint Eugene Phillips was accused, tried, and acquitted of her murder in 2003 by a jury trial.

David McElyea

A longtime resident of the county penned a book titled When Money Grew on Trees: The True Tale of a Marijuana Moonshiner and the Outlaw Sheriff of Madison County, Arkansas. The book is a tale of David's exploits and his relationship with Sheriff Ralph Baker. In 2009 he committed suicide by slitting his throat in a Fayetteville Walmart Supercenter after being detained for suspicion of shoplifting.