Dec 30 2012
WASHINGTON D.C. – U.S. Senators Mark Pryor and John Boozman today joined Congressman Tim Griffin (AR-2) to announce that the Senate passed legislation designating the U.S. Post Office in Little Rock, Arkansas as the Sidney “Sid” Sanders McMath Post Office Building. The provision, sponsored by Griffin, passed the U.S. House of Representatives on December 20th and will now be signed into law.
“Sid McMath was a leader in Arkansas, paving the way for enhanced racial relations, education improvements, and infrastructure investments throughout our state,” Pryor said. “This post office designation will help honor Sid’s legacy and remind Arkansans of his many contributions to our state.”
"Governor McMath was a hero in every sense of the word. As one of the greatest generation he went to war and came back to help build Arkansas through his tireless public service. This is a fitting honor and we are very proud of his memory and legacy,” Boozman said.
“Governor McMath’s legacy is as profound as it is exemplary. As a U.S. Marine during World War II, he distinguished himself in combat and earned the Silver Star and the Legion of Merit. As governor, he fought to uphold voting rights for all Americans and supported efforts to abolish the poll tax. After serving as governor, he continued his service in the Marine Corps Reserve, rising to the rank of major general. I applaud the Senate for passing my bill honoring his legacy,” Griffin said.Sidney “Sid” McMath served as a U.S. Marine during WWII, earning the Silver Star and Legion of Merit. 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.