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Governor George P. Nigh

Term—1979 to 1987

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Letter to Governor Nigh from President Ronald Reagan about national anti-drug campaign
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Descriptive Summary

Size: 213 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-U

George Patterson Nigh, Democrat. Served from 1979 to 1987. Nigh was born in McAlester, Oklahoma June 9, 1927. He attended public schools in McAlester and Eastern Oklahoma Agricultural and Mechanical College at Wilburton, Oklahoma. From June 1945 through September 1946, he served in the U.S. Navy. He was granted a Bachelor of Arts degree from East Central State College, Ada, Oklahoma in 1950. From 1952 to 1958, he taught at McAlester High School. Nigh served in the House of Representatives from the Twenty-third through the Twenty-sixth Oklahoma Legislatures. He was elected Lieutenant Governor, the youngest in the State's history, in 1958. In 1963, Nigh became the 17th Governor of Oklahoma, filling an unexpired 9-day term following the resignation of Gov. J. Howard Edmondson. He was elected Lieutenant Governor again in 1966, 1970 and 1974. He was elected governor November 7, 1978, and was sworn in January 3, 1979. Nigh became the 22nd Governor of Oklahoma, serving five days to fill an unexpired term following the resignation of Governor David Boren. He began his regular term as 22nd Governor of Oklahoma January 8, 1979, having been elected in fall of 1978, and was re-elected in 1982. Nigh was most recently president of the University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond, a position from which he retired in 1997. Please note: George Nigh also served from January 6 until January 14, 1963 (Record Group 8-P1-1), when Henry Bellmon resumed office.

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Research Topics: Keep Oklahoma Beautiful, Healthcare, Civil Rights, Donna Nigh Material, ERA, Environment and Wildlife, Education, Vietnam Veterans

Related Websites: Wikipedia entry

State of State Addresses: 19631979198019811983198419851986

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-U-[#], Governor's Office Records, Oklahoma State Archives, Oklahoma Department of Libraries, Oklahoma City, OK.

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