Benton County's Sheriffs
September 30, 1836 to
Gold Pocket Watch in front of a Sheriff Badge with County Court House reflected in watches glass.
Benton County, founded September 30, 1836, was formed from Washington County and is located in the northwest corner of Arkansas.
Gideon G. Pace was the first Sheriff of Benton County, Arkansas. Benton County, founded September 30, 1836, was formed from Washington County and is located in the northwest corner of Arkansas. Gideon served as Sheriff from 1836-1842. Gideon was born September 2, 1814 in Bedford County, Tennessee. His father Henning Pace settled on Sugar Creek a few miles north of Bentonville when Gideon was still a child and before the organization of Benton County. The town of Bentonville was created and set as the county seat in 1837. The first county courthouse was built that same year. The first store in Maysville opened in 1839. The first jail for Benton County was built on the north side of the east and west street. The first trial for murder was held in 1841 and Edward Welch was found not guilty of murder but guilty of manslaughter and sentenced to seven years in the jail of Benton County. Harrison Oliver was tried for retailing liquors and fined $1. Wat Foreman a Cherokee Indian was indicted for murder in November 1842.
The town of Bentonville was created and set as the county seat in 1837.

The first county courthouse was built that same year.

The first jail for Benton County was built on the north side of the east and west street.
1838 - The first civil suit of Benton County took place in 1838 between Parnell, Lamont & Company vs J. and J.M. Holmes. On being called the plaintiffs’ attorney dismissed the case, and the costs were assessed to plaintiffs.

1838 - The first jury trial was Samuel Vaughan vs John Rose. The jury originally disagreed but later an indictment was found against Rose for forgery.

The first store in Maysville opened in 1839.

The first trial for murder was held in May 1841 and Edward Welch was found not guilty of murder but guilty of manslaughter and sentenced to seven years in the jail of Benton County. This trial was on a change of venue from some other county, consequently the crime was not committed in this county.

The first prosecution in Benton County took place in November of 1841 Harrison Oliver was tried for retailing liquors and fined $1.

Wat Foreman a Cherokee Indian was indicted for murder in November 1842. On being arraigned he plead not guilty, but he was ultimately found guilty of murder in the first degree and a sentence of death was carried into execution.
Whitfield Collins Lefors Whitfield Collins Lefors served as Sheriff of Benton County from 1868-1872. He was born June 25, 1830 in Kentucky. He served in Company F, 2nd Ark. Regiment Cavalry during the Civil War. He was Treasurer of Benton County for two years and Mayor of Bentonville for one term. He died at his home near Decatur on April 28, 1900. The following are a few items of importance that occurred during his time as Sheriff. The population of Benton County in 1870 was 13,782. In May 1871 a contract was awarded in the amount of $33,000 to build a courthouse and jail. Franklin Saunders and William King were indicted for the murder of James M. Lefors.
Whitfield Collins Lefors Whitfield Collins Lefors served as Sheriff of Benton County from 1868-1872. He was born June 25, 1830 in Kentucky. He served in Company F, 2nd Ark. Regiment Cavalry during the Civil War. He was Treasurer of Benton County for two years and Mayor of Bentonville for one term. He died at his home near Decatur on April 28, 1900. The following are a few items of importance that occurred during his time as Sheriff. The population of Benton County in 1870 was 13,782. In May 1871 a contract was awarded in the amount of $33,000 to build a courthouse and jail. Franklin Saunders and William King were indicted for the murder of James M. Lefors.
Joseph H. McClinton served as Sheriff of Benton County from 1878-1882. He was born in 1840 in Ohio and became a resident of Bentonville in 1861. He was a Democrat and a Master Mason. After his time as Sheriff, Joseph McClinton was a real estate agent in Bentonville.