“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Arab in Marshall County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)

Stephen Tuttle Thompson



—Founder of the Town of Arab —

Stephen Tuttle Thompson Marker image. Click for full size.
By Judith Barber, February 6, 2011
1. Stephen Tuttle Thompson Marker
Inscription. Indirectly responsible for the naming of the town, Stephen Tuttle Thompson was born Feb. 22, 1832, in Rhea County, Tennessee. He moved to west Marshall County with his parents about 1840 and relocated in 1858 to what became Thompson’s Village and later the Town of Arab. Named Arab’s first postmaster in 1882, he was required to submit three proposed names for the new post office to the U.S. Postal Department. Desiring that the post office be named after his son, Ranson Arad Riley Thompson, he submitted “Ink,” “Blue Bird,” and “Arad”. The postal department chose “Arad,” but, as the result of a clerical error in Washington, D.C., it was misspelled “Arab”. Stephen Tuttle Thompson also served as deputy tax assessor and as a county commissioner, elected on the Republican ticket. Thompson’s son, J.R.N. Thompson, became the first mayor when Arab was incorporated in 1892. Much of the original Town of Arab now stands on land that was formerly the Thompson family farm. Stephen Tuttle Thompson died March 1, 1912, and is buried in the Methodist Church Cemetery.
Erected 2008 by Alabama Historical Association.
Location. 34° 19′ N, 86° 29.755′ W. Marker is in Arab
Stephen Tuttle Thompson Park image. Click for full size.
By Judith Barber, February 6, 2011
2. Stephen Tuttle Thompson Park
, Alabama, in Marshall County. Marker is at the intersection of South Main Street and Cullman Road (Alabama Route 69), on the right when traveling south on South Main Street. Touch for map. Marker is located in Stephen Tuttle Thompson Park. Marker is in this post office area: Arab AL 35016, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Farmer's Exchange (within shouting distance of this marker); 1883 Methodist Church Cemetery (approx. 0.2 miles away); First Arab High School (approx. 0.3 miles away); First Baptist Church (approx. 0.4 miles away); First United Methodist Church (approx. 1.3 miles away); Bear Meat Cabin Road (approx. 1.7 miles away); Gilliam Springs Baptist Church (approx. 1.8 miles away); Brashier's Chapel Cemetery (approx. 2.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Arab.
Categories. Settlements & Settlers
Statue of Stephen Tuttle Thompson image. Click for full size.
By Judith Barber, February 6, 2011
3. Statue of Stephen Tuttle Thompson
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on February 22, 2011, by Judith Barber of Marietta, Georgia. This page has been viewed 705 times since then and 20 times this year. Last updated on July 20, 2015, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on February 28, 2011, by Judith Barber of Marietta, Georgia. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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