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Leon C. Phillips
Term—1939 to 1943
Research Topics: Interstate Commerce Commission, World War
II, Great Depression, Works Projects Administration (WPA), Reclamation
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of Leon Chase Phillips
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Arrangement and Description
Record Group: 8-K
Leon Chase Phillips, Democrat. Served from 1939 to 1943. Born
December 9, 1890, in Worth County, Missouri, Phillips moved to
Oklahoma at an early age. While a student at Epworth University
in Oklahoma City, he studied for the ministry, but changed to
law and received his LL.B. from the University of Oklahoma in
1916. He was admitted to the State Bar in that year and to practice
before the United States Supreme Court later. After service in
World War I, he returned to Okemah where he practiced law. He
was a member of the State Legislature from 1933 to 1938; Speaker
of the House in 1935; Governor from January 9, 1939, to January
11, 1943. He lived in Okemah until his death March 27, 1958,
and is buried in Weleetka.
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State of State Addresses: 1939 • 1941 • 1943
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