LITTLE ROCK — Former Congressman Ray Thornton has donated his personal and professional papers to the University of Arkansas, the university announced Wednesday.
Thornton, an alumnus and former president of UA, was born in Conway and grew up in Sheridan. In addition to serving in Congress and heading UA, he has served as an Arkansas Supreme Court justice, Arkansas attorney general, president of Arkansas State University and chairman of the Arkansas Lottery Commission.
As a congressman, Thornton was a member of the House Judiciary Committee that investigated the Watergate burglaries and drafted articles of impeachment against President Nixon.
He and his wife, Betty Jo, live in Little Rock.
After Thornton’s collection is organized, it will be open to researchers in the special collections department at Mullins Library, the university said in a news release.