National Affairs: Marland for Governor

"I would like to be Governor of Oklahoma. I will not be coy or indefinite about it," blurted Representative Ernest Whitworth Marland, onetime oil tycoon, last week at Ponca City.

Representative Marland, who lost a $65,000,000 fortune with his Marland Oil Co., was the first gubernatorial candidate to step into the 1934 Democratic primary. He promised voters to wipe out the $12,000,000 State deficit, up oil prices, make capital investments secure. By law Democratic Governor William Henry ("Alfalfa Bill") Murray is forbidden to seek reelection.

As a young Pittsburgh law clerk Ernest Marland watched...

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