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Governor Robert L. Williams

Term—1915 to 1919

photo of Gov. Williams

link to telegram regarding Lusitania click here to see Reward Letter on Henry Starr
Telegram about the Lusitania Sinking, 1915 Reward Letter for notorious bankrobber Henry Starr, 1915
click here to see Red Cross letter about Spanish Flu image for Spanish Influenza pdfs
Two pamphlets about the Spanish Influenza—"Read This and Protect Yourself" and "A Great Emergency"
Red Cross letter about steps taken to deal with Spanish Influenza, 1918

Descriptive Summary

Size: 8 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-C

Robert Lee Williams, Democrat. Served from 1915 to 1919. Oklahoma's third Governor was born December 20, 1868, at Brundidge, Alabama. He earned an LL.D., was admitted to the Alabama Bar in 1891, and began his practice in Troy, Alabama. In 1896, he went to Atoka, Indian Territory. His years of public service included: Member of the Constitutional Convention, 1906 to 1907; Chief Justice of the Oklahoma Supreme Court, 1907 to 1914; Governor of Oklahoma, January 11, 1915 to January 13, 1919; United States District Judge, Eastern District of Oklahoma, 1919 to 1937; United States Circuit Judge, Tenth Circuit, 1937 to 1939. He died at his home in Durant, Oklahoma, April 10, 1948, and is buried in City Cemetery in Durant.

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Research Topics: State Council of Defense, World War I, Woman's Suffrage, Industrial Workers of the World (I.W.W.), Socialism, Farmers' Plight, Racial Issues (such as Guinn v Beale)

Related Websites: OKGenWeb (Sooner State Genealogy) Entry

State of State Addresses: 191519161917

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

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