Former Republican U.S. Rep. John Paul Hammerschmidt died Wednesday at age 92 at Regency Hospital in Springdale, son John Arthur Hammerschmidt said.
Born in 1922, Hammerschmidt won a race for Congress in 1966, taking office in January 1967. He spent 26 years in office serving the 3rd Congressional District. His constituents re-elected him campaign after campaign, including one in 1974, when he defeated a young Bill Clinton.
Hammerschmidt retired from Congress in 1993, but remained active in civic and state matters.
Read Thursday’s Arkansas Democrat-Gazette for full details.