— Founder of the Town of Arab —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 names 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 incorporate 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.
|Placed By||Alabama Historical Association|
|Marker Condition||No reports yet|
|Date Added||Monday, October 27th, 2014 at 11:44am PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||16S E 546377 N 3797383|
|Decimal Degrees||34.31666667, -86.49591667|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 34° 19', W 86° 29.755'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||34° 19' 0.00" N, 86° 29' 45.30" W|
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|Closest Postal Address||At or near 2-30 S Main St, Arab AL 35016, US|
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