Charles Nathaniel Haskell (March 13, 1860 – July 5, 1933) was an American lawyer, oilman, and statesman. He was the first governor of the state of Oklahoma.
Charles was born in Leipsic, Ohio and orphaned at the age of three. He was raised by a neighbor but never formally attended school. Nevertheless he passed the examination and was certtified as a teacher in 1877, and began teaching school. While he taught, he read for the law. In 1880 he was admitted to the bar and began the pratice of law in Ottawa, Ohio.
Haskell married Luucie Pomeroy of Ottawa in 1881. She died in 1888, leaving him with three young children. He married again the next year, this time to Lillian Gallup. Charles would have three more children by his second wife. He moved his young family to the Indian Territory, and became the legal representative of the Creek Tribe.
Haskell was active in the terrotory’s failed attempt to become the State of Sequoyah in 1905. When the Indian and the Oklahoma Territory held a combined Constitutional Convention in 1906, he was a prominent member. He was elected governor of the new state as a Decmocrat, and was sworn in on November 16, 1907, the same day that President Roosevelt signed the statehood bill. He served until 1911.
After his term as governor, he remained active in law and business. He made a considerable fortune in the eastern Oklahoma oilfields. Haskell suffered a stroke early in 1933, and died only months later of pneumonia which he suffered as a consequence. He died in the Skirvin Hotal in Oklahoma City and is buried in the Greenhill Cemetery in Muskogee.