Griffin Honors McMath’s Legacy at Post Office Dedication

Jun 7, 2013 Issues: Veterans

LITTLE ROCK – Congressman Tim Griffin (AR-02) issued the following statement following the dedication ceremony of the Sidney “Sid” McMath Post Office Building in Little Rock:

“Sid McMath is one of my heroes and I was honored to spend some time with him in the years before his death.  He distinguished himself in combat and earned the Silver Star and the Legion of Merit as a U.S. Marine in World War II.  As governor, McMath revitalized the state’s neglected infrastructure, pushed to abolish the poll tax and helped integrate the School of Medicine at the University of Arkansas.  Governor McMath was a bold reformer who loved our state and fought for its people, and I’m honored we were able to honor his legacy today.”

Griffin, a relative of McMath, introduced legislation in the 112th Congress to designate the U.S. Post Office located at 600 East Capitol Avenue in Little Rock as the Sidney “Sid” Sanders McMath Post Office Building.  From 1949 to 1953, McMath served as Arkansas’s 34th Governor.  Following his tenure as Governor, he served in the Marine Corps Reserve and rose to the rank of major general.  McMath passed away in 2003 at the age of 91.  His autobiography, Promises Kept, earned the Arkansas Historical Association's highest recognition, the John G. Ragsdale Prize.