John Rison Fordyce Papers
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Biographical / Historical Note

John R. Fordyce was an engineer, inventor, amateur historian, archaeologist, and candidate for U.S. Congress. An Arkansas native, Fordyce was a member of Dr. Frederick A. Cook's expidition to the Arctic in 1894 and in 1917 was commissioned by Major of Engineers and put in charge of the construction of Camp Pike. Fordyce was also a member of the DeSoto Commission, a position to which he was appointed by Franklin Roosevelt. For more infomation on John Fordyce or the Fordyce family, consult the Special Collections division of the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville library.