STATES & CITIES: Oklahoma's First

STATES & CITIES

Bang, bang, bang went the gavel. To a raucous crowd of leather-skinned oil promoters, sharpers, frontier businessmen and Indian chiefs William Henry Murray, convention chairman, announced that, by a thumping majority, they had approved the constitution which was to make Oklahoma the 46th State* of the United States of America. Place: Guthrie, Okla. Time: 1906.

Up jumped bushy-browed "C. N." Haskell who had artfully persuaded 100,000 Indians to join the cause of Statehood. "That constitution is mine," he bawled. "I want to be Governor so I can enforce it." The...

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