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Governor James H. Edmondson

Term—1959 to 1963

photo of Gov. Edmondson

click here for letter from Senator John F. Kennedy to Governor and Mrs. Edmondson click here for pdf of letters and envelope from Jackie Kennedy
Letter of gratitude and affection from Senator John F. Kennedy, 1959 Letter to First Lady Jeanette Edmondson from Jackie Kennedy
click here to see Governor Edmondson invitation to the Inaugeral Concert for President Kennedy
Governor Edmondson's invitation to the Presidential Inaugural Concert for John F. Kennedy, 1961


Research Topics:
Prohibition Repeal, Capitol Improvement Authority, Department of Welfare

Descriptive Summary

Size: 13 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-P

James Howard Edmondson, Democrat. Served from 1959 to 1963. The youngest governor in the history of the state, Edmondson was born in Muskogee, Oklahoma, September 27, 1925. He attended elementary and secondary schools in that city and enrolled in the University of Oklahoma after high school graduation. He enlisted in the U.S. Air Force in March 1942, and served until December 5, 1945. He completed his law degree in August 1948. After practicing law in Muskogee, he moved in Tulsa to become the chief prosecutor in the office of the county attorney of Tulsa. He was elected elected county attorney in 1954 and was re-elected in 1956. J. Howard Edmondson was inaugurated Governor of Oklahoma January 8, 1959, after having been elected to that post by the largest majority ever given a gubernatorial candidate in the state. He resigned from the office of Governor January 6, 1963, and was appointed to the United States Senate to fill the position left vacant by the death of Robert S. Kerr. At the time of his death on November 17, 1971, he was a practicing attorney in Oklahoma City, where he is buried.

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Related Websites: J. Howard Edmondson Collection at Carl Albert CenterBiographical Directory of the United States Congress1958 Campaign Biographical Information

State of State Addresses: 19591961

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.

Administrative Information

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

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