By Elmer Thomas
The senator’s personal account of his carrier to Oklahoma and the kingdom via melancholy and warElmer Thomas (1876–1965) represented the folk of Oklahoma within the state’s first legislature and in Congress. This memoir, written almost immediately after he left the U.S. Senate in 1951 yet by no means earlier than released, chronicles his lengthy profession and gives a wealth of knowledge on humans and occasions that contributed to shaping the advance of the kingdom and the process American history.Thomas turned one in every of Oklahoma’s first kingdom senators in 1907 and was once concerned with financing the development of public works. As a member of the U.S. Congress, he made it his company to appreciate the Federal Reserve approach, and because the farm obstacle of the Nineteen Twenties worsened throughout the nice melancholy, he regularly argued for inflating the forex to stimulate the economy—a fight that turned primary to his profession and that he ultimately won.Thomas’s panoramic examine the problems of his time contains a behind-the-scenes view of the N?rnberg struggle Crimes Trial and likewise tells how he helped push investment for the atomic bomb venture via Congress with out disclosing its actual nature. Thomas committed his profession to enhancing the lot of rural citizens, local americans, and dealing humans. 40 Years a Legislator is a wealthy resource of perception for all curious about twentieth-century politics or the early years of Oklahoma statehood.
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Under the law a homesteader had to actually live on the land for a speciﬁed time before being entitled to receive a patent or title from the government. Both Mr. Woods and Miss Beal established residence on their claims, and in due time each made application for and received patents or titles from the United States. As was expected, the moment the patents were received, both had their farms sub-divided into town lots and began to dispose of the property. ≤ LOCATED AT LAWTON Some have inquired of me as to why I selected Lawton for my home, rather than either Anadarko or Hobart—the other two county seat towns.
Forty Years a Legislator by Elmer Thomas