William H. Murray, Governor of the Chickasaw Nation, Indian Territory

William H. Murray
Governor of the Chickasaw Nation, Indian Territory

William H. Murray was born in Collinsville, Texas in 1869. His mother died when he was only two years old. He was thrown upon his own resources at the age of twelve. Most of his life, at that period, was spent working on a farm and attending the public schools in the winter. He secured an academic education at College Hill Institute, Springtown, Texas, after which he engaged in teaching school and reading law. He also took an active interest in politics. He was admitted to the bar in 1897, and, a year later was admitted to the bar. He moved to Indian Territory in 1898, and became legal advisor to the Governor of the Chickasaw Nation. He took a prominent part in the Sequoyah statehood movement and, when the state constitutional convention was organized, he was easily elected as its presiding officer. He served as Speaker of the House of Representatives in the first Legislature. In 1912, he was elected as a representative in Congress and was reelected in 1914. He then went back to farming and ranching where he was so engaged, near Tishomingo, at the time of his death on October 15, 1956. He wrote articles and several books dealing with constitutional rights. .

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