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THOMAS, John William Elmer (1876–1965), a Representative and a Senator from Oklahoma; born on a farm near Greencastle, Putnam County, Ind., September 8, 1876; attended the common schools; graduated from the Central Normal College (now Canterbury), Danville, Ind., in 1897 and from the graduate department of DePauw University, Greencastle, Ind., in 1900; studied law; admitted to the Indiana bar in 1897 and to the Oklahoma bar in 1900, and commenced practice in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; moved to Lawton, Oklahoma, in 1901 and continued the practice of law; member, State senate 1907-1920, serving as president pro tempore 1910-1913; founded the town of Medicine Park, Oklahoma 1918; unsuccessful candidate for election in 1920 to the Sixty-seventh Congress; elected as a Democrat to the Sixty-eighth and Sixty-ninth Congresses (March 4, 1923-March 3, 1927); was not a candidate for renomination in 1926, having become a candidate for United States Senator; elected as a Democrat to the United States Senate in 1926; reelected in 1932, 1938 and 1944 and served from March 4, 1927, to January 3, 1951; unsuccessful candidate for renomination in 1950; chairman, Committee on Indian Affairs (Seventy-fourth through Seventy-seventh Congresses), Committee on Agriculture and Forestry (Seventy-eighth, Seventy-ninth and Eighty-first Congresses), Committee on Indian Affairs (Seventy-eighth Congress); engaged in the practice of law in Washington, D.C., until August 1957; returned to Lawton, Okla., where he died September 19, 1965; interment in Highland Cemetery. Oklahoma is a South Central state of the United States (with strong southern, western and midwestern influences) and its U.S. postal abbreviation is OK; others abbreviate the states name Okla. ... Downtown Oklahoma City The State Capitol of Oklahoma From The South Oklahoma City is the capital and largest city of the state of Oklahoma in the United States of America. ... Lawton is a city located in Comanche County, Oklahoma. ... Medicine Park is a town located in Comanche County, Oklahoma, situated in the Wichita Mountains near the entrance to the 60,000 acre Witchita Mountain Wildlife Refuge. ...


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Elmer Thomas Collection (917 words)
Thomas won his first national political office when he was elected as the representative of the Sixth District in the U.S. House of Representatives in 1922.
Thomas was especially interested in monetary policy, Depression relief, Native Americans, irrigation, flood control, and the petroleum industry.
Because Thomas served over half of his years in the Senate during the Great Depression and World War II, the collection is an excellent source on the history of the nation and Oklahoma during the 1930s and 1940s.
Past Pres. Memorial Grant (326 words)
John Elmer Thomas was born in 1892 in Toledo, Ohio where he attended public schools.
"Tommie" Thomas, as he was known to friends, stands as a symbol to honor all of the AAPG Presidents who succeeded him, carried forth his good works, and are now deceased.
Elmer Thomas Past Presidents Memorial Grant was established by an endowment gift from the American Association of Petroleum Geologists in 1996 to memorialize all deceased past presidents.
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