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Constantine Peter Arnold


C.P. Arnold was an early resident of Laramie, Wyoming where he was a lawyer, businessman, and politician. Arnold was born at Ashtabula, Ohio, on February 17, 1860. He obtained his A.B. from Wabash College. Arnold's son, Thurman Arnold, well known in legal circles, served for several years as the dean at the West Virginia University College of Law, which has served as the home faculty for James R. Elkins, the founder of this website.

[See: Who Was Who Among North American Authors 1921-1939 55 (Detroit: Gale Research Co., 1976)(Vol. 1)] [This biographical reference indicates a volume of poetry titled Winter Picnics (1924) for which we find no OCLC listing. In Wyoming: A Guide to Its History, Highways and People (a compilation by the Federal Writers' Project published by Oxford University Press in 1941) we find a reference to three privately published books by Arnold that contain poetry. To date, we have located none of them.][Arnold served as the first president of the Wyoming Bar Association. See Ichabod Sargent Bartlett (ed.), History of Wyoming 472 (Chicago: S.J. Clarke Publishing Co., 1918)]

C.P. Arnold
Wyoming Authors Wiki


C.P. Arnold, "Irrigatin'"
Annals of Wyoming (vol. 16, no. 1, at p. 61)


Philo Clarke Calhoun (ed.), Crannies and Horizons: A Memorial Edition of the Poems of Constantine Peter Arnold 1860-1943 (private printing, 1962)(compiled by Thurman Arnold)

Lecture: Poetry

C.P. Arnold, Writing Poetry: An Address delivered before the students and the faculty of the Wyoming State University ([Laramie, Wyoming]: Wyoming State University, 1930)(prose and poetry)


C.P. Arnold, Modern Prayer Book for Western Plants (Laramie, Wyoming: R.P. Gottschalk of the Laramie Printing Company, 1925)

_________, The Coroner's Jury (Laramie, Wyoming: R.P. Gottschalk of the Laramie Printing Co., 1926)


C.P. Arnold, "The Bliss of Ignorance," ([Cheyenne, Wyoming: s.n.]: 1914)(delivered by C.P. Arnold at Cheyenne High School, Cheyenne, Wyoming, June 12, 1914)

Research Resources

Constance Peter Arnold Papers
American Heritage Center
University of Wyoming

[The collection includes, among other holdings:
"3 boxes of manuscripts,
speeches and original poetry"]

Thurman Wesley Arnold Papers 1895-1970
American Heritage Center, University of Wyoming

Research Resources

"Thurman Wesley Arnold, the son of lawyer C.P. Arnold, was born in Laramie, Wyoming, and educated at the University of Wyoming, Princeton, and Harvard, where he earned a law degree in 1914. He practised law briefly in Chicago before serving with the U.S. Army in France during World War I. Arnold returned to Laramie, where he practised law from 1919 to 1927, served as mayor from 1923 to 1924, served one term in the Wyoming House of Representatives (1921) and lectured in the University of Wyoming law school. He was dean of the University of West Virginia College of Law from 1927 to 1930 and taught at Yale from 1930 to 1938. Arnold was named assistant attorney general of the U.S. in charge of the antitrust division in 1938 and was a Department of Justice representative on the Temporary National Economic Committee from 1938 to 1941. He was appointed to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia in 1943 and left the bench in 1945 to resume private practice with the Washington, D.C., law firm of Arnold, Fortas & Porter, where he remained active until his death in 1969."

[ Source: Note, Thurman Wesley Arnold & Constantine Peter Arnold Papers, American Heritage Center, University of Wyoming]