The Arkansas feud known as the Tutt-Everett War or the King-Tutt-Everett War or the Marion County War wasn’t over love, money, water or land – it was pure politics and it was bloody. The Marion County War might be the most appropriate name since it eventually seemed to have involved just about every citizen in the county.
The Tutt family, led by Hansford “Hamp” Tutt, had come to Searcy County, Arkansas from Tennessee sometime in the 1830’s. The Tutts were members of the Whig Party and wielded political influence in Searcy County. They were also known to be a rough bunch – gambling, horse racing, fighting and drinking. Hamp was a merchant and also owned a saloon which served as a local hangout.
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