Related topics

Faubus Marries For Third Time

November 23, 1986

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) _ Former Gov. Orval Faubus and a fifth-grade teacher he met at a singles dance were married Sunday in a public ceremony crowded with photographers.

About 350 people attended the ceremony at a downtown hotel. It was the third marriage for Faubus, 76, and the second for Jan Wittenburg, 43.

When the minister said the couple could kiss, Faubus gently pushed aside the photographers, drew his bride into the audience’s view and kissed her to applause.

Mrs. Faubus wore a cocktail-length white dress of silk brocade and lace, and a short veil. She also wore pearl earrings and a pearl necklace, wedding gifts from Faubus.

Faubus, who wore a dark suit, gave his bride a gold band with three diamonds. He chose a plain gold band.

Faubus was governor from 1955-66. He has since made three unsuccessful attempts to win the Democratic nomination for governor, most recently this year. He is best known for calling out the National Guard in 1957 in an attempt to stop desegregation of Little Rock Central High School.

Mrs. Faubus, who is divorced, has taught at Mayflower Elementary School for eight years.

Faubus and his first wife, Alta, were divorced. He later married Elizabeth Westmoreland, who was killed March 3, 1983, by an intruder.

Faubus met his bride at a dance sponsored by Parents Without Partners in North Little Rock. She said he proposed Nov. 1.

Faubus wouldn’t say where they would spend their wedding night, but said they would travel the state over the Thanksgiving weekend. The couple will live at her home in Conway.

Update hourly