David R. Stout
1943 - 1991
David R. Stout is a former chairman of the tribal legislature who is still respected for his work on behalf of the Chickasaw people.
He was instrumental in the design and construction of the building which provided the tribal legislature with its own facility for the first time since before statehood. Legislation passed in October, 1991 named the building the “David Stout Building,” "in honor of his work, devotion, and dedication to the Chickasaw people."
Elected in 1987 and again 1990 by the people of the Pickens District, Mr. Stout served as secretary and chairperson of the legislature. He also served on the history and culture committee, the personnel and finance committee as well as the land committee. He was also a member of the Arkansas Riverbed Authority, and a member of the Chickasaw Tool Company Board of Directors.
Mr. Stout served in the U.S. Army from 1968 to 1977, as an expert weapon's instructor, 1969 - 1972, and personnel sergeant, while on active duty in Europe, 1972 - 1977. He retired from active duty with an honorable discharge and later enlisted in the National Guard’s 1345th Transportation Company as supply technician.
While enlisted with the U.S. Army Mr. Stout was awarded the Bronze Star, Purple Heart and other honors.