University of Arkansas

Walton College

The Sam M. Walton College of Business

Chesley Pruet


Chesley Pruet

Pruet Drilling Co.
El Dorado, Arkansas


Chesley Pruet founded his successful oil exploration and production company in 1946. He was also president and chief executive officer of Pruet-Ram-Co.; managing partner of  Pruet Oil Co. and Pruet Limited; and vice president and director of Pruet Production Co. He served on the National Petroleum Council for 18 years. 

A tireless Republican party fundraiser, Pruet led the state finance committee for five presidential campaigns. He generously supported the Boy Scouts of America, Boys & Girls Clubs of America, Campfire Girls and Arkansas Youth Ranch.  His life-long love was his 12,500 acre ranch near Texarkana.


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