Jefferson P. Peak, Lakeport, Chicot County, Ark., is the subject of the present sketch, and was born in Scott County,
Ky., in 1839. He is a son of James and Emeline (Payne) Peak, both of whom came originally from the Blue-Grass State.
The father was a planter by occupation, and emigrated to Arkansas about 1829, locating in Chicot County, engaging for a
time in planting and afterward representing his district in the Legislature for one term. His death occurred in October, 1873,
when he had reached his seventy-second year.
The early life of Jefferson Peak was passed in Kentucky, where he attended excellent schools and graduated at the
Georgetown College in 1857, after which he emigrated to Arkansas, locating in Chicot County, and devoted his attention
to farming and mercantile business. He enlisted in the Confederate army in 1861, Company A., First Mississippi Regiment,
and was in many of the prominent battles and skirmishes through the entire war.
After the war he went to Spanish Honduras, and after prospecting there for about nine months returned to Chicot County,
Ark. He owns a vast amount of valuable farming land, which is excellently well cultivated, and is, in addition to this,
interested in mercantile business. He is a polished and learned gentleman, and well calculated to add honor to any
community he may at any time choose to select as his home.