Former Arkansas governor and U.S. Senator Dale Bumpers was born in Charleston, Arkansas and crafted a political career that lasted more than three decades. In 1970 Bumpers defeated the better known Orval Faubus in the democratic primary election for governor and went on to unseat incumbent Republican Governor Winthrop Rockefeller in the general election. He took J. William Fulbright's Senate seat in 1974 and began a quarter-century of service in Washington DC. Weeks after his 1999 retirement, Bumpers returned to Washington to give closing arguments in fellow Arkansan Bill Clinton's Senate trial.