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Politicians in Trouble or Disgrace: Oklahoma

in chronological order

  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
John C. Walton John Calloway Walton (1881-1949) — also known as Jack C. Walton; "Rarin' Jack" — of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma County, Okla. Born near Indianapolis, Marion County, Ind., March 6, 1881. Democrat. Served in the U.S. Army during the Spanish-American War; engineer; mayor of Oklahoma City, Okla., 1919-23; Governor of Oklahoma, 1923; impeached and removed from office as Governor, 1923; candidate for U.S. Senator from Oklahoma, 1924. Died in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma County, Okla., November 25, 1949 (age 68 years, 264 days). Interment at Rose Hill Burial Park, Oklahoma City, Okla.
  Relatives: Son of Lewis W. Walton (1850-1939) and Emma Sarah (Calloway) Walton (1850-1934); married, February 3, 1905, to Madeline Cecile Orrick (1883-1947).
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  Image source: City of Oklahoma City
  Henry Simpson Johnston (1867-1965) — also known as Henry S. Johnston — of Perry, Noble County, Okla. Born near Evansville, Vanderburgh County, Ind., December 30, 1867. Democrat. Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Oklahoma, 1912; Governor of Oklahoma, 1927-29. Impeached and removed from office as Governor in 1929. Died in Perry, Noble County, Okla., January 7, 1965 (age 97 years, 8 days). Interment somewhere in Perry, Okla.
  Leon Chase Phillips (1890-1958) — also known as Leon C. Phillips; Red Phillips — of Okemah, Okfuskee County, Okla. Born in Worth County, Mo., December 9, 1890. Democrat. Member of Oklahoma state house of representatives; elected 1932, 1934, 1936; Speaker of the Oklahoma State House of Representatives, 1935; Governor of Oklahoma, 1939-43; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Oklahoma, 1940. Charged with accepting a bribe while governor; tried twice and ultimately acquitted. Died, of a heart attack, while waiting for a client at the post office in Okmulgee, Okmulgee County, Okla., March 27, 1958 (age 67 years, 108 days). Interment at Hillcrest Cemetery, Weleetka, Okla.
  See also NNDB dossier
  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
  David Lee Walters (b. 1951) — also known as David Walters — of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma County, Okla. Born in Canute, Washita County, Okla., November 20, 1951. Democrat. Governor of Oklahoma, 1991-95; candidate for U.S. Senator from Oklahoma, 2002; member, Rules Committee, Democratic National Convention, 2008. While Governor, pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor election law violation. Still living as of 2014.
  See also NNDB dossier
  Hollis Earl Roberts (1943-2011) — also known as Hollis E. Roberts — of Hugo, Choctaw County, Okla. Born in Hochatown, McCurtain County, Okla., May 9, 1943. Member of Oklahoma state house of representatives, 1970; chief of the Choctaw Nation, 1978-97. Choctaw Indian ancestry. Convicted in 1997 of aggravated sexual abuse and abusive sexual contact, involving two female employees. Died in Hugo, Choctaw County, Okla., October 19, 2011 (age 68 years, 163 days). Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of Darrell E. Roberts and Laura (Beam) Roberts; married, May 17, 1963, to Helen R. Rodriguez.
  See also Wikipedia article
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