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Presbyterian Politicians in Oklahoma

  James Hugh Arrington (1904-1979) — also known as James H. Arrington — of Stillwater, Payne County, Okla.; Oklahoma City, Oklahoma County, Okla. Born in Jethro, Franklin County, Ark., May 23, 1904. Democrat. School teacher; athletic coach; superintendent of schools; oil drilling business; Oklahoma Democratic state chair, 1940-46; member of Oklahoma state house of representatives, 1942-60; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Oklahoma, 1948, 1952 (member, Committee on Rules and Order of Business), 1956; member of Democratic National Committee from Oklahoma, 1956. Presbyterian. Member, Izaak Walton League; Sigma Nu; Lions. Named to Oklahoma State University Alumni Hall of Fame. Died March 8, 1979 (age 74 years, 289 days). Interment at Fairlawn Cemetery, Stillwater, Okla.
  Relatives: Son of William H. Arrington and Laura T. (Fulks) Arrington; married, July 5, 1930, to Veneta C. Berry.
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  Reubin O'Donovan Askew (b. 1928) — also known as Reubin Askew — of Florida. Born in Muskogee, Muskogee County, Okla., September 11, 1928. Democrat. Lawyer; member of Florida state house of representatives, 1958-62; member of Florida state senate, 1962; Governor of Florida, 1971-79; speaker, Democratic National Convention, 1972 ; candidate for Democratic nomination for President, 1984. Presbyterian. Member, Jaycees; American Legion. Still living as of 2014.
  Relatives: Son of Leon G. Askew and Alberta Askew; married 1956 to Donna Lou Harper.
  Cross-reference: Bill Nelson
  See also Wikipedia article — NNDB dossier — Internet Movie Database profile
  Books about Reubin Askew: Martin A. Dyckman, Reubin O'D. Askew and the Golden Age of Florida Politics
  Jobyna Dee Baggerley (b. 1926) — also known as Jobyna Baggerley; Jobyna Dee Treadway — of Edmond, Oklahoma County, Okla. Born in Richmond, Contra Costa County, Calif., March 15, 1926. Republican. Member of Oklahoma Republican State Committee, 1971; delegate to Republican National Convention from Oklahoma, 1972. Female. Presbyterian. Member, Order of the Eastern Star. Still living as of 1973.
  Relatives: Daughter of Dee Treadway and Koto (Kepley) Treadway; married, December 30, 1963, to Robert Earl Baggerley.
  Wayne Winton Bayless (1895-1975) — also known as Wayne W. Bayless — of Claremore, Rogers County, Okla. Born in Cassville, Barry County, Mo., August 27, 1895. Democrat. School teacher; automobile dealer; lawyer; member of Oklahoma state house of representatives, 1920; candidate for U.S. Representative from Oklahoma 1st District, 1924; district judge in Oklahoma, 1926-29; director, National Bank of Claremore. Presbyterian. Member, Sigma Alpha Epsilon; Phi Alpha Delta; Elks; Freemasons; Knights Templar; Shriners. Died December 17, 1975 (age 80 years, 112 days). Interment at Woodlawn Cemetery, Claremore, Okla.
  Relatives: Son of John Melville Bayless (1851-1907) and Mary (Stubblefield) Bayless (1856-1928); married, December 28, 1915, to Blanche Dirickson (1895-1977).
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  Henry Louis Bellmon (1921-2009) — also known as Henry Bellmon — of Red Rock, Noble County, Okla.; Billings, Noble County, Okla. Born near Tonkawa, Kay County, Okla., September 3, 1921. Republican. Served in the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II; farmer; member of Oklahoma state house of representatives, 1946-48; Oklahoma Republican state chair, 1960-62; Governor of Oklahoma, 1963-67, 1987-91; U.S. Senator from Oklahoma, 1969-81. Presbyterian. Died, of Parkinson's disease, in St. Mary's Regional Medical Center East, Enid, Garfield County, Okla., September 29, 2009 (age 88 years, 26 days). Interment at Union Cemetery, Billings, Okla.
  Relatives: Son of George Bellmon and Edith (Caskey) Bellmon; married, January 24, 1947, to Shirley Osborn (1927-2000).
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — NNDB dossier
  Ezra Brainerd, Jr. (b. 1878) — of Muskogee, Muskogee County, Okla.; Washington, D.C. Born in Middlebury, Addison County, Vt., August 26, 1878. Republican. Lawyer; general counsel and vice-president, First National Bank of Muskogee; director, Farmers National Bank of Fort Gibson; director, First National Bank of Braggs; member, Interstate Commerce Commission, 1927-33. Presbyterian. Member, American Bar Association; Chi Psi; Freemasons; Knights Templar; Shriners. Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of Ezra Brainerd and Frances Viola (Rockwell) Brainerd; married, April 15, 1908, to Edith Maris Hubbard.
  Charles Harrison Brown (1920-2003) — also known as Charles Brown — of Springfield, Greene County, Mo. Born in Coweta, Wagoner County, Okla., October 22, 1920. Democrat. Radio station program director; advertising business; U.S. Representative from Missouri 7th District, 1957-61; defeated, 1960; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Missouri, 1960; oil executive. Presbyterian. Member, Elks; Lions. Died in Henderson, Clark County, Nev., June 10, 2003 (age 82 years, 231 days). Burial location unknown.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page
  Burnett Hayden Crawford (b. 1922) — also known as B. Hayden Crawford — of Tulsa, Tulsa County, Okla. Born in Tulsa, Tulsa County, Okla., June 29, 1922. Republican. Served in the U.S. Navy during World War II; lawyer; U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Oklahoma, 1954-58; candidate for U.S. Senator from Oklahoma, 1960, 1962. Presbyterian. Member, American Bar Association; Federal Bar Association; Phi Delta Theta; Phi Delta Phi; Kiwanis; Navy League; Reserve Officers Association; American Legion; Veterans of Foreign Wars; Freemasons. Presumed deceased. Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of Burnett Hayden Crawford and Margaret Sara (Stevenson) Crawford; married, June 5, 1946, to Alyn Carolyn McCann.
  Lee Cruce (1863-1933) — of Ardmore, Carter County, Okla. Born in Marion, Crittenden County, Ky., July 8, 1863. Democrat. Merchant; lawyer; banker; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Oklahoma, 1908, 1920, 1928; Governor of Oklahoma, 1911-15. Presbyterian. Member, Beta Theta Pi; Freemasons. Died in Ardmore, Carter County, Okla., January 16, 1933 (age 69 years, 192 days). Interment somewhere in Muskogee, Okla.
  Relatives: Son of James Winlock Cruce and Jane (Hill) Cruce; married, June 21, 1893, to Chickie Le Flore.
  Mack Easley (1916-2006) — of Hobbs, Lea County, N.M. Born in Akins, Sequoyah County, Okla., October 14, 1916. Democrat. Served in the U.S. Army Air Force in World War II; lawyer; member of New Mexico state house of representatives, 1951-52, 1955-62; Speaker of the New Mexico State House of Representatives, 1959-60; chair of Lea County Democratic Party, 1955-64; delegate to Democratic National Convention from New Mexico, 1960; Lieutenant Governor of New Mexico, 1963-64. Presbyterian. Member, American Bar Association; Veterans of Foreign Wars; American Legion; Lions. Died March 1, 2006 (age 89 years, 138 days). Interment at Santa Fe National Cemetery, Santa Fe, N.M.
  Relatives: Son of John Robert Easley and Mary Ellen (Duggans) Easley; married, November 17, 1939, to Loyce Anna Rogers.
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  Ed Edmondson (1919-1990) — also known as Edmond Augustus Edmondson — of Muskogee, Muskogee County, Okla. Born in Muskogee, Muskogee County, Okla., April 7, 1919. Democrat. Served in the U.S. Navy during World War II; newspaper correspondent; lawyer; Muskogee County Attorney, 1949-52; U.S. Representative from Oklahoma 2nd District, 1953-73; candidate for U.S. Senator from Oklahoma, 1972, 1974. Presbyterian. Member, American Legion; Veterans of Foreign Wars; Freemasons; Elks; Kiwanis; Phi Beta Kappa; Phi Delta Phi; Delta Sigma Rho; Phi Gamma Delta; American Bar Association. Died in Muskogee, Muskogee County, Okla., December 8, 1990 (age 71 years, 245 days). Interment at Memorial Park Cemetery, Muskogee, Okla.
  Relatives: Son of Edmond Augustus Edmondson and Esther (Pullen) Edmondson; brother of James Howard Edmondson (1925-1971); married, March 5, 1944, to June Maureen Pilley.
  Political family: Edmondson family of Muskogee and Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page
  James Howard Edmondson (1925-1971) — also known as J. Howard Edmondson — of Tulsa, Tulsa County, Okla.; Edmond, Oklahoma County, Okla. Born in Muskogee, Muskogee County, Okla., September 27, 1925. Democrat. Lawyer; Tulsa County Attorney, 1954-58; Governor of Oklahoma, 1959-63; U.S. Senator from Oklahoma, 1963-64. Presbyterian. Member, American Legion; Forty and Eight; Freemasons; Rotary; Phi Gamma Delta. Died in Edmond, Oklahoma County, Okla., November 17, 1971 (age 46 years, 51 days). Interment at Memorial Park Cemetery, Oklahoma City, Okla.
  Relatives: Son of Edmond Augustus Edmondson and Esther (Pullen) Edmondson; brother of Ed Edmondson; married to Jeanette Bartleson (1925-1990).
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — NNDB dossier
  Wirt Franklin (1883-1962) — of Ardmore, Carter County, Okla. Born in Richmond, Ray County, Mo., March 22, 1883. Republican. Lawyer; oil producer; delegate to Republican National Convention from Oklahoma, 1932, 1936; candidate for U.S. Senator from Oklahoma, 1932. Presbyterian. Member, Freemasons; Knights Templar. Died September 24, 1962 (age 79 years, 186 days). Interment at Rose Hill Cemetery, Ardmore, Okla.
  Relatives: Son of John H. Franklin and Irene (Hudgins) Franklin; married, August 5, 1902, to Mary Cecile Collyer (divorced 1922); married, June 29, 1923, to Virginia Doss.
  Frank Frantz (1869-1941) — of Enid, Garfield County, Okla.; Bartlesville, Washington County, Okla. Born in Roanoke, Woodford County, Ill., May 7, 1869. Republican. Served in the U.S. Army during the Spanish-American War; postmaster at Enid, Okla., 1902-04; Governor of Oklahoma Territory, 1906-07; candidate for Governor of Oklahoma, 1907; candidate for U.S. Representative from Oklahoma 1st District, 1932. Presbyterian. Died in Muskogee, Muskogee County, Okla., March 9, 1941 (age 71 years, 306 days). Interment at Memorial Park Cemetery, Tulsa, Okla.
  David Hall (b. 1930) — of Tulsa County, Okla. Born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma County, Okla., October 20, 1930. Democrat. Lawyer; Tulsa County District Attorney, 1962-66; law professor; Governor of Oklahoma, 1971-75; defeated in primary, 1966, 1974. Presbyterian. Member, Phi Beta Kappa; Freemasons; Shriners. Indicted in 1975 on extortion and conspiracy charges; later convicted, sentenced to three years in prison, and served 19 months; disbarred in 1978. Still living as of 2014.
  Relatives: Son of William A. Hall; married to Jo Evans.
  See also Wikipedia article — NNDB dossier
  William Wirt Hastings (1866-1938) — also known as William W. Hastings — of Tahlequah, Cherokee County, Okla. Born in Benton County, Ark., December 31, 1866. Democrat. Lawyer; Attorney General for Cherokee Nation, 1891-95; national attorney for Cherokee tribe, 1907-14; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Oklahoma, 1912 (member, Committee on Permanent Organization); U.S. Representative from Oklahoma 2nd District, 1915-21, 1923-35; defeated, 1920. Presbyterian. Cherokee Indian ancestry. Member, Freemasons; Knights of Pythias; Elks. Died April 8, 1938 (age 71 years, 98 days). Interment at City Cemetery, Tahlequah, Okla.
  Presumably named for: William Wirt
  Relatives: Son of Yell Hastings and Louisa J. Hastings; married, December 9, 1896, to Lulu Starr.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page
  Joel M. Hefley (b. 1935) — also known as Joel Hefley — of Colorado Springs, El Paso County, Colo. Born in Ardmore, Carter County, Okla., April 18, 1935. Republican. Member of Colorado state house of representatives, 1977-78; member of Colorado state senate, 1979-86; U.S. Representative from Colorado 5th District, 1987-2007. Presbyterian. Still living as of 2014.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — votes in Congress from the Washington Post — NNDB dossier
  James Mountain Inhofe (b. 1934) — also known as James M. Inhofe; Jim Inhofe — of Tulsa, Tulsa County, Okla. Born in Des Moines, Polk County, Iowa, November 17, 1934. Republican. President, Quaker Life Insurance Company; member of Oklahoma state house of representatives, 1967-69; member of Oklahoma state senate, 1969-77; delegate to Republican National Convention from Oklahoma, 1972; candidate for Governor of Oklahoma, 1974; mayor of Tulsa, Okla., 1978-84; U.S. Representative from Oklahoma 1st District, 1987-94; defeated, 1976; resigned 1994; U.S. Senator from Oklahoma, 1994-. Presbyterian. Still living as of 2019.
  Relatives: Son of Perry D. Inhofe (born 1901; insurance executive) and Blanche (Mountain) Inhofe.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — votes in Congress from the Washington Post — NNDB dossier — Internet Movie Database profile — Encyclopedia of American Loons
  William Miller Jenkins (1856-1941) — also known as William M. Jenkins — of Arkansas City, Cowley County, Kan.; Kay County, Okla.; Sapulpa, Creek County, Okla. Born in Alliance, Stark County, Ohio, April 25, 1856. Republican. Lawyer; delegate to Republican National Convention from Kansas, 1888; secretary of Oklahoma Territory, 1897-1901; Governor of Oklahoma Territory, 1901. Presbyterian. Removed from office as Governor in a scandal over a sanitarium contract; a later investigation exonerated him. Died in Sapulpa, Creek County, Okla., October 19, 1941 (age 85 years, 177 days). Interment at South Heights Cemetery, Sapulpa, Okla.
  Relatives: Son of William Jenkins and Lydia (Miller) Jenkins; married, December 31, 1878, to Delphina White.
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  Steven T. Kuykendall (b. 1947) — also known as Steve Kuykendall — of Rancho Palos Verdes, Los Angeles County, Calif.; Palos Verdes Peninsula, Los Angeles County, Calif. Born in McAlester, Pittsburg County, Okla., January 27, 1947. Republican. Served in the U.S. Marine Corps during the Vietnam War; member of California state assembly, 1994-98; U.S. Representative from California 36th District, 1999-2001; defeated, 2000; delegate to Republican National Convention from California, 2008. Presbyterian. Still living as of 2008.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — votes in Congress from the Washington Post
  Beriah Magoffin, Jr. (1843-1932) — of St. Paul, Ramsey County, Minn.; McAlester, Pittsburg County, Okla. Born in Harrodsburg, Mercer County, Ky., March 13, 1843. Democrat. Served in the Confederate Army during the Civil War; farmer; member of Minnesota state house of representatives District 24, 1877. Presbyterian. Died in McAlester, Pittsburg County, Okla., August 29, 1932 (age 89 years, 169 days). Interment at Spring Hill Cemetery, Harrodsburg, Ky.
  Relatives: Son of Beriah Magoffin (1815-1885) and Anna Nelson (Shelby) Magoffin (1818-1880); married, September 8, 1868, to Lucy Ellen Thompson; great-grandson of Isaac Shelby.
  Political family: Shannon-Shelby family.
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial — Minnesota Legislator record
  William Allen Maurer (b. 1872) — also known as William A. Maurer; W. A. Maurer — of El Reno, Canadian County, Okla.; Oklahoma City, Oklahoma County, Okla. Born in Altoona, Blair County, Pa., October 25, 1872. Republican. Lawyer; Canadian County Judge, 1911-15, 1919-22; delegate to Republican National Convention from Oklahoma, 1916; U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Oklahoma, 1921-25. Presbyterian. Member, Freemasons; Knights Templar. Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of George Maurer and Eliza (McCartney) Maurer; married, December 30, 1897, to Hettie D. Evans.
  James L. Maxwell (1926-1984) — of Tulsa, Tulsa County, Okla. Born in Tulsa, Tulsa County, Okla., May 12, 1926. Democrat. Served in the U.S. Army during World War II; florist; mayor of Tulsa, Okla., 1958-66; defeated, 1966, 1968. Presbyterian. Member, Jaycees; American Legion; Sigma Chi. Died, of cancer, in a hospital at Oklahoma City, Oklahoma County, Okla., October 18, 1984 (age 58 years, 159 days). Interment at Rose Hill Memorial Park, Tulsa, Okla.
  Relatives: Son of William B. Maxwell and Mary Pauline (O'Donnell) Maxwell.
  William John Otjen (b. 1880) — also known as William J. Otjen — of Enid, Garfield County, Okla. Born in Labette County, Kan., October 19, 1880. Republican. Served in the U.S. Army during the Spanish-American War; lawyer; insurance business; member of Oklahoma state house of representatives, 1923-25; member of Oklahoma state senate, 1925-32; candidate for Governor of Oklahoma, 1942; candidate for U.S. Senator from Oklahoma, 1944; alternate delegate to Republican National Convention from Oklahoma, 1948. Presbyterian. Member, United Spanish War Veterans; Freemasons; Elks; Rotary. Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of John Christian Otjen and Sophia (Nuhfer) Otjen; married, June 15, 1907, to Jane B. Cullison.
  K. Berry Peterson (b. 1891) — of Tahlequah, Cherokee County, Okla.; Tucson, Pima County, Ariz. Born in Alamo, Montgomery County, Ind., July 24, 1891. Democrat. Lawyer; served in the U.S. Army during World War I; Pima County Attorney, 1922-27; Arizona state attorney general, 1929-33. Presbyterian. Member, American Legion; Disabled American Veterans; Sigma Alpha Epsilon; Phi Alpha Delta; Odd Fellows; Elks. Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of Charles Arthur Peterson (M.D.) and Hannah N. (Duckworth) Peterson; married, September 15, 1923, to Elizabeth Downing Mason.
  William Cary Renfrow (1845-1922) — of Norman, Cleveland County, Okla. Born in Smithfield, Johnston County, N.C., May 15, 1845. Served in the Confederate Army during the Civil War; Governor of Oklahoma Territory, 1893-97. Presbyterian. Died in Bentonville, Benton County, Ark., January 31, 1922 (age 76 years, 261 days). Interment somewhere in Russellville, Ark.
  Clarence Robinson (b. 1875) — of Tecumseh, Pottawatomie County, Okla. Born in De Leon, Comanche County, Tex., December 11, 1875. Democrat. School teacher; superintendent of schools; lawyer; Mayor, Tecumseh, Okla., 1917-18; Pottawatomie County Probate Judge, 1919-22. Presbyterian. Member, Freemasons; Odd Fellows. Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of M. V. Robinson and Maria L. (Williams) Robinson; married, November 28, 1916, to Irene Buzzard.
  James Guy Tucker, Jr. (b. 1943) — also known as Jim Guy Tucker, Jr. — of Arkansas. Born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma County, Okla., June 13, 1943. Democrat. Arkansas state attorney general, 1973-77; U.S. Representative from Arkansas 2nd District, 1977-79; candidate for U.S. Senator from Arkansas, 1978; Lieutenant Governor of Arkansas, 1991-92; Governor of Arkansas, 1992-96. Presbyterian. Resigned in July 1996 after his conviction on federal charges brought by independent counsel Kenneth Starr. Still living as of 2014.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — NNDB dossier
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