Hugh Anderson Dinsmore
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Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Arkansas's 3rd district
In office
March 4, 1903 – March 3, 1905
Preceded byThomas C. McRae
Succeeded byJohn C. Floyd
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Arkansas's 5th district
In office
March 4, 1893 – March 3, 1903
Preceded bySamuel W. Peel
Succeeded byCharles C. Reid
United States Consul General to Korea
In office
April 13, 1887 – May 26, 1890
PresidentWilliam McKinley
Preceded byWilliam Harwar Parker
Succeeded byAugustine Heard
Personal details
BornDecember 24, 1850 (1850-12-24)
Cave Springs, Arkansas
DiedMay 2, 1930 (1930-05-03) (aged 79)
St. Louis, Missouri
CitizenshipUnited States
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Elizabeth Le Grand Fisher Dinsmore
ChildrenHamilton A. Dinsmore

Hugh Anderson Dinsmore (December 24, 1850 – May 2, 1930) was an American politician and a U.S. Representative from Arkansas.


Born at Cave Springs, Arkansas, Dinsmore was the son of Alexander Winchester and Catherine Anderson Dinsmore. He attended private schools in Benton and Washington Counties. He married Elizabeth Le Grand Fisher of St. Louis, Missouri, on May 25, 1883. They had one son, Hamilton; and though Elizabeth died on June 19, 1886, he never remarried.[1]


Dinsmore worked as a store clerk and later a traveling salesman for a St. Louis firm. Deciding to become a lawyer, he persuaded Samuel N. Elliott of Bentonville to proctor him. In 1872 Governor Elisha Baxter appointed him the eleventh Benton County Circuit Court clerk. He resigned in 1874, when he was admitted to the bar, and the following year, he moved to Fayetteville, where he entered into a law partnership with David Walker. In 1878, he was elected prosecuting attorney for the Fourth Judicial District, and served until 1884.

In January 1887, Dinsmore was appointed by President Cleveland as Minister Resident and consul general to the Kingdom of Korea and served until May 25, 1890. Because of his acquaintance with Korea and Korean matters, he was sought out by a young Syngman Rhee in January 1905, while he was on his diplomatic mission United States to secure aid for Korea against Japanese annexation. Dinsmore succeeded in getting Rhee a brief meeting with Secretary of State John Hay, but Rhee's mission would ultimately end in failure.[2]

After he resumed the practice of law in Fayetteville, Arkansas, Dinsmore was elected as a Democrat to the Fifty-third and to the five succeeding Congresses. He served from March 4, 1893 to March 3, 1905.[3] He was an unsuccessful candidate for renomination in 1904 to the Fifty-ninth Congress. He resumed the practice of law in Fayetteville, Arkansas, and in later years devoted most of his time to the management of his farming interests. He served as member of the board of trustees of the University of Arkansas.[4]


Dinsmore died in St. Louis, Missouri, on May 2, 1930 (age 79 years, 129 days). He is interred at Evergreen Cemetery, Fayetteville, Arkansas.[5]


  1. ^ "Hugh A. Dinsmore". The Central Arkansas Library System.
  2. ^ 유, 영익 (1996). 이승만의 삶과 꿈 (The Life and Dream of Syngman Rhee). Seoul, South Korea: Joong Ang Ilbo. p. 40.
  3. ^ "Hugh A. Dinsmore". Govtrack US Congress. Retrieved 24 June 2013.
  4. ^ "Hugh A. Dinsmore". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved 24 June 2013.
  5. ^ "Hugh A. Dinsmore". The Political Graveyard. Retrieved 24 June 2013.

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Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
George Clayton Foulk
Resident Minister to the Kingdom of Korea
1887 – 1890
Succeeded by
Augustine Heard II
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Samuel W. Peel
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Arkansas's 5th congressional district

1893 – 1903
Succeeded by
Charles C. Reid
Preceded by
Thomas C. McRae
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Arkansas's 3rd congressional district

1903 – 1905
Succeeded by
John C. Floyd