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Governor Henry S. Johnston

Term—1927 to 1929

photo of Gov. Johnston

link to letter about Calvin Coolidge birthday card, 1927 link to telegrams about Sacco Vanzetti case
Letter about signature for "big Coolidge Birthday card" and photograph of the card Telegram from New York publisher seeking Johnston's influence in Sacco & Vanzetti case

Research Topics: Impeachment, Christianity, Ku Klux Klan, Prohibition, Carl Albert, Dust Bowl

Related Websites: OKGenWeb (Sooner State Genealogy) EntryOklahoma Senate ArtworkWikipedia entry

Descriptive Summary

Size: 2 cubic feet
Creator: Office of Governor
Repository: Oklahoma State Archives
200 Northeast 18th Street
Oklahoma City, OK 73105
(405) 522-3579
Open 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. M-F

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Arrangement and Description

Record Group: 8-G

Henry Simpson Johnston, Democrat. Served from January 1927 to March 20, 1929, when he was impeached and convicted. Born December 30, 1867, near Evansville, Indiana, he migrated to Colorado at the age of twenty-four where he studied law and was admitted to the Colorado Bar in 1891. Later he came to Perry, Oklahoma, to practice. He was member, and temporary presiding officer of the Constitutional Convention in 1906. He was elected Governor in 1926 and took office January 10, 1927. He was President Pro Tempore of the first State Senate, and returned to the Senate from 1933 to 1937. He maintained a law practice in his home town of Perry until his death January 7, 1965. He is buried in Perry.

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State of State Addresses: 19271929

Agency History

The Governor of Oklahoma is the chief executive officer of the state and is elected for a four year term. Principal powers and responsibilities are outlined by the state constitution and by statute and include certain appointive powers, the veto or approval of bills passed by the Legislature, the granting of pardons and paroles, the summoning of special sessions of the legislature, and the calling out of the militia. Moreover, the Governor is directly responsible for the preparation of the state budget, serves as an ex officio member of several boards and commissions, receives reports from various state officers and agencies, and is charged with the duty of seeing that all laws are faithfully executed in the state.

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Preferred citation: [Identification of Item], [Box #], [Folder #], Record Group 8-G-[#], Governor's Office Records, Oklahoma State Archives, Oklahoma Department of Libraries, Oklahoma City, OK.

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