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Reports of Oklahoma's Territorial Governors
Governors of Oklahoma Territory issued annual
reports from 1891 through 1907, when Oklahoma became a state. These
reports, submitted to the Secretary of the Department of the Interior,
vary from a few pages to many pages, and report on anything and everything
that the current Governor believed to be important. A few examples:
- the 1892 report states "There is a growing feeling of unrest among
the people of Oklahoma as to whether the policy of allotting the Indians
on the choicest lands of our Territory, and making those lands inalienable
and nontaxable for twenty-five years, is fair and just to us."
- the 1892 report notes that there are "...inexhaustible quantities
of gypsum in the western part of the Territory." It also noted that
no mines had been opened yet in Oklahoma, a situation that would soon
1901 report records the number of fraternal organizations in Oklahoma,
which included 2,512 Masons, 1,500 Confederate Veterans, and largest organization
in the state, 6,100 Odd Fellows.
- the 1901 report notes that the Chilocco Indian Industrial School in Kay
County "...is preeminent as the best equipped institution in the
Indian service for imparting a practical knowledge of agriculture so much
needed by the majority of Indian boys."
- the 1901 report also notes that "...the Territorial Library was provided
for by legislative enactment. The justices of the supreme court, who have
the direction and management of the library, have seen fit up to this
time to limit it to strictly a law library. There are upon the shelves
of the library at this time about 7,000 volumes."
1907 report, the last report of its kind before statehood, records the
number of votes for Oklahoma's first governor--Democrat 134,162; Republican
106,507; and Socialist 9,740.
1907 report gives a number of 3,220 schools, with an average teacher's
salary of $40.22 per month to men and $36.61 to women.
prepared to find more historical information about the history of Oklahoma
than you knew was ever recorded!
other papers and documents from the pre-statehood administrations of the
territorial governors check our State's
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of the record of the past. These primary historical documents reflect
the attitudes, perspectives, and beliefs of different times. The Oklahoma
Department of Libraries does not endorse the views expressed in these
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