University of Arkansas

Walton College

The Sam M. Walton College of Business

Harvey C. Couch


Harvey C. Couch

Arkansas Power & Light Company (now Entergy)

Pine Bluff/Little Rock, Arkansas


Harvey Couch was an entrepreneur known for bringing electricity to Arkansas. In 1900, he formed the North Louisiana Telephone Co., and in 1911 he sold it to Southwestern Bell Telephone Co. In 1913, he created Arkansas Power Company and continued to buy electric utilities and connect them.

Couch developed Remmel and Carpenter Dams for hydroelectric power. He established Mississippi Power & Light Co. and Louisiana Power Co., and in 1926, he joined these companies with his Arkansas Power & Light to form what would become Entergy in 1996.


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