1st Oklahoma Legislature

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1st Oklahoma Legislature
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Leadership
President of the Senate: George W. Bellamy (D)
President Pro Tem of the Senate: Henry S. Johnston (D)
Speaker of the House: William H. Murray (D)
Composition: Senate
38      6     
House
93      16     

The First Oklahoma Legislature was the first meeting of the legislative branch of the government of Oklahoma, composed of the Oklahoma Senate and the Oklahoma House of Representatives. The meeting took place from December 2, 1907, to May 26, 1908, in the Guthrie City Hall Building during the first year of the only term of Governor Charles Haskell.[1]

Both houses of the state legislature had large Democratic majorities. William H. Murray, who had served as the president of the state constitutional convention, was elected by his colleagues as the first Speaker of the Oklahoma House of Representatives.[2] Henry S. Johnston, who had served as the presiding officer of the state constitutional convention, was elected to serve as the first President pro tempore of the Oklahoma Senate.[3]

Dates of session[edit]

  • Regular session: December 2, 1907-May 26, 1908

Next: 2nd Legislature

Major legislation[edit]

  • Prohibition - State Senator Richard Billups authored legislation to prohibit the manufacture, transportation and possession of liquor.[4] The bill was amended by William H. Murray to allow state liquor dispensaries for medicinal and scientific purposes.[4] It was signed by the governor on March 24, 1908.[4]

Party composition[edit]

Senate[edit]

Affiliation Party
(Shading indicates majority caucus)
Total
Democratic Republican
38 6 44
Voting share 86.4% 13.6%

House of Representatives[edit]

Affiliation Party
(Shading indicates majority caucus)
Total
Democratic Republican
93 16 109
Voting share 85.3% 14.7%

Leadership[edit]

Senate[edit]

With the Democratic caucus controlling the Oklahoma Senate, Henry S. Johnston of Perry, Oklahoma, was selected to serve as the first President pro tempore of the Oklahoma Senate.[3] Johnston had served as the presiding officer of the state constitutional convention.[3] Lieutenant Governor George W. Bellamy served as the President of the Senate, which gave him a tie-breaking vote and allowed him to serve as a presiding officer.

House[edit]

After much deliberation over who would serve as Speaker of the Oklahoma House of Representatives, the Democratic caucus chose William H. Murray of Tishomingo, Oklahoma, a former Chickasaw Nation representative and the president of the state constitutional convention.[1] Sworn into office on November 16, 1907, Murray pushed for legislation to curb business excesses and support agriculture during his single term as speaker.[2] State Representative A. H. Ellis, of Garfield County, Oklahoma, was elected by his peers to serve as speaker pro tempore.[1]

Staff[edit]

Charles H. Pittman served as the first chief clerk of the Oklahoma House of Representatives.[1]

Members[edit]

Senate[edit]

President Pro Tempore of the Oklahoma Senate Henry S. Johnston
State Senator Elmer Thomas would go onto served as a United States Senator.
District Name Party
Lt-Gov George W. Bellamy Dem
1 Joe S. Morris Dem
2 A. E. Agee Dem
2 R. E. Echols Dem
3 A. G. Updegraff Rep
4 Frank Mathews Dem
5 Tom Moore Dem
6 J. J. Williams Dem
6 Richard Billups Dem
7 Richard Curd Rep
8 P. J. Goulding Dem
9 S. J. Soldani Dem
9 Edmund Brazell Dem
10 Henry S. Johnston Dem
11 Clarence Davis Dem
12 H. S. Cunningham Rep
13 Michael Eggerman Dem
13 S. A. Cordell Dem
14 Roy Everett Stafford Dem
14 W. H. Johnson Dem
15 L. K. Taylor Dem
15 George Johnson Dem
16 Emory Brownlee Rep
17 Elmer Thomas Dem
17 D. M. Smith Dem
18 J. C. Little Dem
18 J.C. Graham Dem
19 H. S. Blair Dem
19 Robert Wynne Dem
20 Jesse Hatchett Dem
20 T. F. Memminger Dem
21 Edwin Sorrels Dem
22 H. H. Holman Dem
23 Reuben Roddie Dem
24 W. P. Stewart Dem
25 William Redwine Rep
26 William M. Franklin Dem
27 Eck Brook Dem
27 Campbell Russell Dem
28 Petway Conn Dem
29 J. M. Keyes Dem
30 Elias Landrum Dem
31 P. J. Yeager Dem
32 H. E. P. Stanford Rep
33 Joseph Strain Dem
  • Table based on cross-references of three sources.[5][6][7]

House of Representatives[edit]

Speaker of the Oklahoma House William H. Murray.
Name Party County
T. L. Rider Dem Adair
Dan G. Murley Dem Alfalfa
John R. Evans Rep Alfalfa, Grant
Robert M. Rainey Dem Atoka
William A. Durant Dem Atoka, Bryan
Abel J. Sands Rep Beaver
George Whitehurst Dem Beckham
William H. Bowdre Rep Blaine
J. H. Baldwin Dem Bryan
A. F. Ross Dem Bryan
Charles C. Fisher Dem Caddo
Frank Stevens Dem Caddo
Ben Wilson Dem Caddo, Canadian, Cleveland
Milton B. Cope Dem Canadian
Leo Harris Dem Carter
J. F. McCants Dem Carter
Joseph L. Manus Dem Cherokee
William H. Armstrong Dem Choctaw
Frank L. Casteel Dem Cimarron
J. Vandaveer Dem Cleveland
George W. O'Neal Dem Coal
C. A. Skeen Dem Coal, Johnston
Roy J. Williams Dem Comanche
Amil H. Japp Dem Comanche, Stephens
E. J. Hobdy Dem Craig
John T. Ezzard Dem Craig, Rogers
W. B. Stone Dem Creek
Woodson E. Norvell Dem Creek, Tulsa
Howell Smith Dem Custer
L. L. Reeves Dem Custer, Washita
Lee B. Smith Dem Delaware
W. G. Smith Rep Dewey
Elmer V. Jesse Dem Ellis
Albert H. Ellis Dem Garfield
Joseph M. Porter Rep Garfield
Eugene Watrous Rep Garfield, Kingfisher
W. M. Lindsay Dem Garvin
William Tabor Dem Garvin
Robert M. Johnson Dem Grady
Albert S. Riddle Dem Grady
Joseph W. Smith Dem Grant
George W. Briggs Dem Greer
W. C. Pendegraft Dem Greer
John W. Durst Dem Harper
Ed D. Boyle Dem Haskell
J. B. Crouch Dem Haskell, Muskogee
Edward Swengal Dem Hughes
Benjamin F. Harrison Dem Hughes, Pittsburg
William A. Banks Dem Jackson
Charles M. London Dem Jefferson
William H. Murray Dem Johnston
Q. T. Brown Dem Kay
Logan Hawkins Dem Kay
Harvey Utterback Rep Kingfisher
Jesse T. Armstrong Dem Kiowa
J. V. Faulkner Dem Kiowa
James E. Stivers Dem Latimer
Charles W. Broome Dem LeFlore
E. A. Moore Dem LeFlore, Sequoyah
H. M. Jarrett Dem Lincoln
James H. Lockwood Rep Lincoln
H. G. Stettmund Dem Lincoln, Pottawatomie
Will H. Chappell Rep Logan
John S. Shearer Rep Logan
George H. Stagner Rep Logan
John McCalla Dem Love
Joe R. Sherman Rep Major
H.S.P. Ashby Dem Marshall
Henry N. Butler Dem Mayes
Thomas C. Whitson Dem McClain
William H. Harrison Dem McCurtain
William B. Beck Dem McIntosh
M. Turner Dem Murray
Fred P. Branson Dem Muskogee
A. J. Snelson Dem Muskogee
Charles A. Fraser Rep Noble
J. A. Tillotson Dem Nowata
Thomas B. Wortman Dem Okfuskee
Curtis R. Day Rep Oklahoma
A. T. Earley Dem Oklahoma
Charles G. Jones Rep Oklahoma
I. M. Putnam Dem Oklahoma
William C. McAdoo Dem Okmulgee
John D. Deyerle Dem Osage
A. G. Martin Dem Ottawa
William Murdock Dem Pawnee
George D. Hudson Dem Pawnee, Payne
P. A. Bullard Dem Payne
J. L. Hendrickson Dem Pittsburg
Henry M. McElhaney Dem Pittsburg
Frank Huddleston Dem Pontotoc
Edgar S. Ratliff Dem Pontotoc, Seminole
Milton Bryan Dem Pottawatomie
William S. Carson Dem Pottawatomie
William F. Durham Dem Pottawatomie
Ben T. Williams Dem Pushmataha
Joseph Paschal Dem Roger Mills
John F. Tandy Dem Rogers
Jesse Chastain Dem Seminole
George Winchester Allen Dem Sequoyah
W. B. Anthony Dem Stephens
E. J. Earle Dem Texas
Henry R. King Dem Tillman
Cicero L. Holland Dem Tulsa
A. D. Orcutt Rep Wagoner
A. F. Vandeventer Dem Washington
David L. Smith Dem Washita
William T. Abbott Dem Woods
Irving W. Hart Dem Woodward
  • Table based on government database.[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d A Century to Remember, Okhouse.gov. (accessed June 19, 2013)
  2. ^ a b Bryant, Keith L. MURRAY, WILLIAM HENRY DAVID (1869-1956), Encyclopedia of Oklahoma History and Culture. (accessed July 1, 2013). Archived 2013-07-05.
  3. ^ a b c Burke, Bob. JOHNSTON, HENRY SIMPSON (1867-1965), Encyclopedia of Oklahoma History and Culture. (accessed July 1, 2013)
  4. ^ a b c Wilson, Linda D. "Billups Law," Encyclopedia of Oklahoma History and Culture. (accessed July 27, 2013)
  5. ^ Directory of State of Oklahoma, Oklahoma Election Board (accessed on Google Books on June 23, 2013).
  6. ^ All Senate List, Okhouse.gov (accessed on June 23, 2013). Archived 2013-06-30.
  7. ^ Oklahoma Almanac, 2005, Oklahoma Department of Libraries (accessed June 27, 2013)
  8. ^ Historic Members, Okhouse.gov (accessed June 20, 2013). Archived 2013-06-22.

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