Warren E. Lenon, Sr., collection

Biographical/Historical Note

Warren E. Lenon was born in Iowa in 1867 and moved to Little Rock, Arkansas, in January of 1888. Soon after his arrival he began work as a clerk for Arkansas Abstract Company and eventually became the sole owner of the company. The business included independent operations in handling real estate and extending financial loans on real estate securities. This finally evolved into banking, the activity for which Lenon was best known. Lenon was an organizer of the People's National Bank in 1902; he served as its first president and was on the board of directors for several decades. Active in the development of the city of Little Rock and always interested in promoting progress, Lenon served on the city council between 1896 and 1903, and was then elected Mayor. He was twice re-elected and served until his resignation in 1908, for the purpose of pursuing his business interests. Numerous public improvements were produced during his tenure as mayor, including construction of a new City Hall. A 1911 writer described Lenon this way: "No worthy enterprise or measure tending to enhance the progress or social and material well being of his home city fails to receive the earnest and valuable support of its former mayor." It was also stated at the time that "no citizen has a more secure place in popular confidence and esteem." Warren E. Lenon died June 24, 1946.