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Governor James B. A. Robertson

Term—1919 to 1923

photo of Gov. Robertson

link to Telegrams about Tulsa Race Riot link to Skirvin Hotel letter
Two telegrams sent to Governor Robertson about Tulsa race riots Letter regarding President Wilson's visit to Oklahoma
Letter of January 1920 to Gov. Robertson
Letter of January 1920 to Governor J.B.A. Robertson from Carrie Chapman Catt, President of the National American Women's Suffrage Association

Descriptive Summary

Size: 12 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-D

James Brooks Ayers Robertson, Democrat. Served 1919 to 1923. Born March 15, 1871, in Keokuk County, Iowa, and educated in the public schools. In 1893, he moved to Oklahoma and was admitted to the Oklahoma Bar in 1898. He held the following political offices: Lincoln County Attorney, 1900 to 1902; Judge of the Tenth Judicial District of Oklahoma, 1909 to 1910; Member of the State Capitol Commission, 1911; Member of the Supreme Court Commission, 1911 to 1914; Governor of Oklahoma, January 13, 1919, to January 8, 1923; Democratic Presidential Elector-at-Large, 1932. He died at his home in Oklahma City, March 7, 1938. He is buried in Oak Park Cemetery in Chandler.

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Research Topics: "Americanization," Tulsa Race Riot, Socialism, Prohibition, Woman's Suffrage, World War I, League of Nations

Related Websites: James B.A. Robertson BiographyOklahoma Historical Society Biographical InformationWikipedia entry

State of State Addresses: 191919211921 Extraordinary Session1923

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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