W. D. Mauck, a well known attorney of Bentonville, where he practiced his profession continuously for almost a third of a century, was born in Harrison county, Indiana, in 1864. His parents, Jonathan W. and Hannah (Cunningham) Mauck, were also natives of that county and there spent their entire lives, the father devoting his attention to the pursuits of farming and stock raising. David Mauck, the paternal grandfather of W. D. Mauck, became one of the pioneer settlers of Harrison county, Indiana, while Samuel Cunningham, the maternal grandfather, was a native of Ireland. Jonathan W. Mauck and his wife were consistent and loyal members of the Presbyterian church and in politics he was a democrat. In his family were nine children.
W. D. Mauck, the eldest of the children, obtained his early education in the district schools of his native county and subsequently became a student in the State University of Indiana. He began reading law under the direction of Major W. Funk at Corydon, Indiana, and was admitted to the bar in 1883, after which he began practice at Corydon, thus continuing for three years. He then went to Kansas in order to look after some land which he had purchased in that state and also took a trip to Arkansas. So well pleased was he with the outlook here that he brought his family to Bentonville in 1889 and opened an office for the practice of his profession. Here he remained and he was admitted to practice in all the courts. His clientage became extensive and of an important character. He was remarkable among lawyers for the wide research and provident care with which he prepared his cases. At no time was his reading ever confined to the limitations of the questions at issue. It went beyond and compassed every contingency and provided not alone for the expected but for the unexpected, which happens in the courts quite as frequently as out of them.
Mr. Mauck was likewise identified with agricultural interests on an extensive scale, owning four or five farms in Benton county, Arkansas, two farms in Missouri and also some Texas land. Success in notable measure crowned his efforts, for he came to this state with but a thousand dollars and by diligence, determination and capable management worked his way steadily upward until he was recognized as one of the prosperous citizens and representative attorneys of Benton county.
In 1886, in Indiana, Mr. Mauck was united in marriage to Miss Emma Deutsch, a native of that state and a daughter of Jacob Deutsch, who was born in Germany and on crossing the Atlantic to the United States took up his abode in Harrison county, Indiana. He was a tailor by trade but later engaged in the grocery business. Mr. and Mrs. Mauck had one son, Ralph, who was a graduate of the University of Arkansas and also completed a course in the law department of the University of Virginia but passed away in 1909.
In his political views Mr. Mauck was a democrat and while residing in Indiana he served as a member of the state legislature from 1883 until 1885. Fraternally he was a Knight Templar Mason and a Knight of Pythias, being a past chancellor in the latter order. His wife was a devoted member of the Presbyterian church and both were highly esteemed in the community in which they made their home and in which the circle of their friends was almost coextensive with the circle of their acquaintance. Mr. Mauck died March 3, 1940 and is buried in the Bentonville Cemetery
Adapted from the Centennial History Of Arkansas, 1922