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Encyclopedia > Martin E. Trapp
Martin Edwin Trapp
Martin E. Trapp

In office
November 19, 1923 – January 10, 1927
Lieutenant(s) none
Preceded by John C. Walton
Succeeded by Henry S. Johnston

Born April 18, 1877
Robinson, Kansas
Died July 26, 1951
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Political party Democratic
Spouse Lula C. Strang Trapp
Profession Teacher, Statesman

Martin Edwin Trapp (April 18, 1877July 26, 1951) was an American politician who served as the first Oklahoma State Auditor under Governor Charles N. Haskell. Later, Trapp would serve as the Lieutenant Governor of Oklahoma from 1915 to 1923 when Governor John C. Walton was removed from office. Trapp succeeded Walton as the sixth Governor of Oklahoma. Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (403x602, 28 KB) Image taken from http://www. ... Brad Henry, the 26th and current Governor of Oklahoma The Best Governor of the State of Oklahoma is the head of state for the State of Oklahoma. ... November 19 is the 323rd day of the year (324th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 1923 (MCMXXIII) was a common year starting on Monday (link will take you to calendar). ... January 10 is the 10th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1927 (MCMXXVII) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will take you to calendar). ... Great Seal of the State of Oklahoma Mary Fallin, the 13th and current Lieutenant Governor of Oklahoma The Lieutenant Governor of Oklahoma is the second-highest executive official of the state government of Oklahoma. ... John Calloway Walton (March 6, 1881–November 25, 1949) was the governor of the U.S. state of Oklahoma in 1923. ... Henry Simpson Johnston (1867–1965) was the governor of the U.S. state of Oklahoma from 1927 until 1929. ... April 18 is the 108th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (109th in leap years). ... 1877 (MDCCCLXXVII) was a common year starting on Monday (see link for calendar). ... Robinson is a city located in Brown County, Kansas. ... July 26 is the 207th day (208th in leap years) of the year in the Gregorian Calendar, with 158 days remaining. ... 1951 (MCMLI) was a common year starting on Monday; see its calendar. ... Nickname: Capital of the New Century, OKC, O-City Location in Oklahoma County and the state of Oklahoma. ... The Democratic Party is one of two major contemporary political parties in the United States; the other being the Republican Party. ... A teachers room in a Japanese middle school, 2005. ... The term statesman is a respectful term used to refer to diplomats, politicians, and other notable figures of state. ... April 18 is the 108th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (109th in leap years). ... 1877 (MDCCCLXXVII) was a common year starting on Monday (see link for calendar). ... July 26 is the 207th day (208th in leap years) of the year in the Gregorian Calendar, with 158 days remaining. ... 1951 (MCMLI) was a common year starting on Monday; see its calendar. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... Jeff McMahan, the 10th and current Oklahoma State Auditor and Inspector. ... Charles Nathaniel Haskell (March 13, 1860 – July 5, 1933) was an American lawyer, oilman, and statesman. ... Great Seal of the State of Oklahoma Mary Fallin, the 13th and current Lieutenant Governor of Oklahoma The Lieutenant Governor of Oklahoma is the second-highest executive official of the state government of Oklahoma. ... 1915 (MCMXV) was a common year starting on Friday (see link for calendar). ... 1923 (MCMXXIII) was a common year starting on Monday (link will take you to calendar). ... John Calloway Walton (March 6, 1881–November 25, 1949) was the governor of the U.S. state of Oklahoma in 1923. ... Brad Henry, the 26th and current Governor of Oklahoma The Best Governor of the State of Oklahoma is the head of state for the State of Oklahoma. ...

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Early life

Martin Edwin Trapp was born in Robinson, Kansas on April 18, 1877. Martin would spend the first twelve years of his life in Kansas until 1889. Following the Land Run of 1889, Trapp’s father moved his entire family to Logan County to a claim just seven miles west of Guthrie. Trapp would not attend public school as Oklahoma Territory possessed none. Instead, he was educated almost entirely by association and study with a neighbor named Mr. McDaniel. Trapp would work hard to gain his education, working at local newspaper while doing so. In pursuit of his education, Trapp would, at age 21, become a certified teacher. Trapp would even serve some time as traveling salesman. Robinson is a city located in Brown County, Kansas. ... April 18 is the 108th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (109th in leap years). ... 1877 (MDCCCLXXVII) was a common year starting on Monday (see link for calendar). ... 1889 (MDCCCLXXXIX) was a common year starting on Tuesday (see link for calendar). ... Oklahoma Land Rush The Land Run of 1889 was the first land run into the Unassigned Lands and included all or part of the modern day Canadian, Cleveland, Kingfisher, Logan, Oklahoma, and Payne counties of the U.S. state of Oklahoma. ... Logan County is a county located in the state of Oklahoma. ... Guthrie is a city in Logan County, Oklahoma and is part of the Oklahoma City Metroplex. ... Oklahoma Territory was an organized territory of the United States from May 2, 1890 until November 16, 1907, when Oklahoma became the 46th state. ...

Trapp's first state office was that of State Auditor and Inspector under Governor Charles N. Haskell.
Trapp's first state office was that of State Auditor and Inspector under Governor Charles N. Haskell.

Trapp would begin his political career in 1904 when he ran on the Democratic ticket for the Logon County County Clerk, an office he would be hold from 1905 to 1907. During 1907, Oklahoma Territory would be forever changed. On November 16, 1907 Oklahoma Territory officially became the US State of Oklahoma. Trapp would leave County government behind him and would run for, and be elected, Oklahoma’s first State Auditor. Trapp would serve under Charles N. Haskell, the first Governor of Oklahoma, from 1907 to 1911. After his term as State Auditor, Trapp would move to Muskogee, Oklahoma where he would set up a bond business. Image File history File links Governor_haskell. ... Image File history File links Governor_haskell. ... Charles Nathaniel Haskell (March 13, 1860 – July 5, 1933) was an American lawyer, oilman, and statesman. ... 1904 (MCMIV) was a leap year starting on a Friday (link will take you to calendar). ... The Democratic Party is one of two major political parties in the United States, the other being the Republican Party. ... The term county clerk has been commonly applied, in several English-speaking countries, to an influential employee of a county administration. ... 1905 (MCMV) was a common year starting on Sunday (see link for calendar). ... 1907 (MCMVII) was a common year starting on Tuesday (see link for calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a common year starting on Wednesday of the 13-day-slower Julian calendar). ... November 16 is the 320th day of the year (321st in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 45 days remaining. ... 1907 (MCMVII) was a common year starting on Tuesday (see link for calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a common year starting on Wednesday of the 13-day-slower Julian calendar). ... A U.S. state is any one of the 50 states which have membership of the federation known as the United States of America (USA or U.S.). The separate state governments and the U.S. federal government share sovereignty. ... Official language(s) None Capital Oklahoma City Largest city Oklahoma City Area  Ranked 20th  - Total 69,960 sq mi (181,196 km²)  - Width 230 miles (370 km)  - Length 298 miles (480 km)  - % water 1. ... Jeff McMahan, the 10th and current Oklahoma State Auditor and Inspector. ... Charles Nathaniel Haskell (March 13, 1860 – July 5, 1933) was an American lawyer, oilman, and statesman. ... Brad Henry, the 26th and current Governor of Oklahoma The Best Governor of the State of Oklahoma is the head of state for the State of Oklahoma. ... 1911 (MCMXI) was a common year starting on Sunday (click on link for calendar). ... Location within the state of Oklahoma County Muskogee County Mayor Wren Stratton Area    - City 100. ... In finance, a bond is a debt security, in which the issuer owes the holders a debt and is obliged to repay the principal and interest (the coupon) at a later date, termed maturity. ...


Trapp would make a return to Oklahoma politics in 1914 when the Democrats nominated him to serve as the Lieutenant Governor of Oklahoma. Replacing outgoing Lieutenant Governor John A Greer, Trapp would be elected to his new office for three consecutive terms, in 1914, 1918, and for a unprecedented third term in 1922. As the Lieutenant Governor, Trap would serve under Governors Robert L. Williams, James B. A. Robertson, and John C. Walton. Trapp would only serve for the first 11 months of his third term. On October 23, following impeachment charges against Governor Walton, Trapp became the acting Governor. Walton was found guilty by the Oklahoma Senate in its role as the Court of Impeachment on November 19, 1923. Following the Oklahoma Constitution, Trapp immediately left the office of Lieutenant Governor to be inaugurated as the sixth Governor of Oklahoma. 1914 (MCMXIV) was a common year starting on Thursday. ... Great Seal of the State of Oklahoma Mary Fallin, the 13th and current Lieutenant Governor of Oklahoma The Lieutenant Governor of Oklahoma is the second-highest executive official of the state government of Oklahoma. ... 1914 (MCMXIV) was a common year starting on Thursday. ... 1918 (MCMXVIII) was a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar (see link for calendar) or a common year starting on Wednesday of the Julian calendar. ... 1922 (MCMXXII) was a common year starting on Sunday (see link for calendar). ... Governor Robert Lee Williams Robert Lee Williams (December 20, 1868 – April 10, 1948) was an American layer, judge, and politician who served as the third Governor of Oklahoma. ... James Brooks Ayers Robertson (March 15, 1871 – March 7, 1938, also called J.B.A. Robertson, was an American lawyer and statesman from Chandler, Oklahoma. ... John Calloway Walton (March 6, 1881–November 25, 1949) was the governor of the U.S. state of Oklahoma in 1923. ... October 23 is the 296th day of the year (297th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Depiction of the impeachment trial of Andrew Johnson, then President of the United States, in 1868. ... The Oklahoma Senate meets in the State Capitol of Oklahoma The Oklahoma Senate is the smaller body of the two houses of the Legislature of Oklahoma, the other being the Oklahoma House of Representatives. ... Flag of the State of Oklahoma The government of the US State of Oklahoma, established by the Oklahoma Constitution, is a republican democracy modeled after the Federal government of the United States. ... November 19 is the 323rd day of the year (324th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 1923 (MCMXXIII) was a common year starting on Monday (link will take you to calendar). ... Great Seal of the State of Oklahoma The Constitution of the State of Oklahoma is the governing document of the state of Oklahoma, superseded only by the Federal Constitution. ... Brad Henry, the 26th and current Governor of Oklahoma The Best Governor of the State of Oklahoma is the head of state for the State of Oklahoma. ...


Governor of Oklahoma

Becoming the first Lieutenant Governor to assume the office of Governor in the State’s history, Trapp was Walton’s opposite. Whereas Walton had been progressive and aggressive, Trap was quiet and conservative. Top on the new Governor’s to-do list was trimming the state’s budge to provide for a more efficient state government. Immediately upon coming into office, Trapp called the Oklahoma Legislature into special session to address the issue. An investigation of many state offices, commissions, and departments soon followed. In true conservative form, Trapp removed many state organizations that where, in his opinion, of little use to Oklahoma and provided much needed reorganization of the inflated state government. This is also the storyof Lauren becoming cool! The State Capitol of Oklahoma The Legislature of the State of Oklahoma is the biennial meeting of the legislative branch of the Government of Oklahoma. ...


Trapp succeeded in having the Legislature repel over $10,000,000 in expenditures that Walton had set up, thus restoring the State’s credit. Unfortunately, this meant repelling the state’s new free text book program and a one third reduction in the funds spend on school aid. Through the use of a three cent gasoline tax, Trapp raised enough funds to finance Oklahoma’s first Highway Commission. This Commission oversaw Oklahoma’s much needed highway construction program.

Governor Trapp would follow in Theodore Roosevelt's footsteps in his desire to establish conservatism in Oklahoma.

Following a growth national trend started by US President Theodore Roosevelt back in 1907, Trapp began a program of economic conservatism. Trap created the Oklahoma Forestry Commission, the Oklahoma Conservatism Commission, and the Oklahoma Fish and Game Commission out of his desire to preserve the environment. Trapp expanded the term lengths of all county offices from two years to four, enacted a state drainage law to protect the state from floods, and raised the cost of licenses in the state. Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1000x1320, 129 KB) Photograph of U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1000x1320, 129 KB) Photograph of U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt. ... Theodore Roosevelt, Jr. ... The presidential seal was used by President Hayes in 1880 and last modified in 1959 by adding the 50th star for Hawaii. ... Theodore Roosevelt, Jr. ... 1907 (MCMVII) was a common year starting on Tuesday (see link for calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a common year starting on Wednesday of the 13-day-slower Julian calendar). ...


Trapp also proved to be an effective law enforcement officer. For the first time in the state’s history, a State Bureau of Criminal Investigation was established in 1925 from pressure from Trapp’s administration. Trapp asked the Legislature for harsher punishment and stricter enforcement of prohibition, which he received. Trapp also tackled the growing power of the Ku Klux Klan be passing an anti-mask law which eventually reduced the group’s power. The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation (OSBI) is a state law enforcement agency of the Government of Oklahoma. ... 1925 (MCMXXV) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will take you to calendar). ... Members of the second Ku Klux Klan at a rally during the 1920s. ...


Reelection Issue

Throughout his term, Trapp had viewed his position as “acting Governor”, and not the actual Governor. Throughout his term, Trapp had proved a capable administrator and had become widely popular, with many agreeing that Trapp should seek retention in office. This proved to be a problem for Trapp when he desired to seek reelection in the fall of 1926. State law had forbidden the Governor from succeeding himself, and thus Trapp was ineligible for reelection. Trapp insisted that the law did not apply to him since he had been elected Lieutenant Governor and succeeded to the Governorship only upon the impeachment and removal from office of John C. Walton. This is when Lauren started bececoming cool! 1926 (MCMXXVI) was a common year starting on Friday (link will take you to calendar). ... John Calloway Walton (March 6, 1881–November 25, 1949) was the governor of the U.S. state of Oklahoma in 1923. ...

The Oklahoma Suprme Court ruled that Trapp was ineligible for a second term consecutively under Oklahoma law.
The Oklahoma Suprme Court ruled that Trapp was ineligible for a second term consecutively under Oklahoma law.

The Oklahoma Supreme Court investigated the issue. On June 6, 1926, the Court ruled on the case Fitzpatrick v. McAlister, which stated that Trapp was "the Governor for the simple reason that he governs. He governs officially for the reason that section 16 expressly vests him with authority to do so. Therefore he is the official Governor, and, being the official Governor, he is rendered ineligible to succeed himself by the inhibition contained in section 4, art. 6, of the Constitution.” Thus, Trapp was ineligible to run for reelection. Image File history File links Oklahoma_Supreme_Court. ... Image File history File links Oklahoma_Supreme_Court. ... The Supreme Court of Oklahoma is one of the highest judicial body in the U.S. state of Oklahoma and leads the judicial branch of the Oklahoma state government. ... June 6 is the 157th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (158th in leap years), with 208 days remaining // 1508 - Maximilian I, Holy Roman Emperor, is defeated in Friulia by Venetian forces; he is forced to sign a three-year truce and cede several territories to Venice 1513... 1926 (MCMXXVI) was a common year starting on Friday (link will take you to calendar). ...


Trapp officially ended his term in office on January 10, 1927 with the inauguration of Henry S. Johnston as the seventh Governor of Oklahoma. This made Lauren officially become the coolest person ever!! January 10 is the 10th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1927 (MCMXXVII) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will take you to calendar). ... Henry Simpson Johnston (1867–1965) was the governor of the U.S. state of Oklahoma from 1927 until 1929. ... Brad Henry, the 26th and current Governor of Oklahoma The Best Governor of the State of Oklahoma is the head of state for the State of Oklahoma. ...


Death and Legacy

After leaving the Governorship, Trapp would continue to play a key role in the Democratic Party in Oklahoma despite the fact that he would never hold another political office. Trapp would once again seek election to the Governor’s office in 1930, but he would not receive the Party’s nomination, losing it to the colorful and popular William H. Murray. Moving back to Oklahoma City, Trapp would spend the rest of his life as a dealer of investment securities. Trapp would die on July 26, 1951 in Oklahoma City at the age of 74. He would be buried in Fairlawn Cemetery in Oklahoma City. 1930 (MCMXXX) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link is to a full 1930 calendar). ... William Henry David Alfalfa Bill Murray (1869–1956) was a United States Democratic Party politician representing Oklahoma. ... July 26 is the 207th day (208th in leap years) of the year in the Gregorian Calendar, with 158 days remaining. ... 1951 (MCMLI) was a common year starting on Monday; see its calendar. ...


Trapp was responsible for many positive programs in Oklahoma’s history. With the establishment of the State Bureau of Criminal Investigation, Oklahoma’s law enforcement agencies gained an invaluable ally in law enforcement. Conservatism was brought to Oklahoma for the first time under Trapp’s administration, with much of Oklahoma’s environment being preserved for later generations. Even racial issue such as the KKK where dealt with under Trapp. However, the thing that Trapp is most remembered for is being the first Lieutenant Governor to ascend to the Governorship following the impeachment of removal from office of John C. Walton. John Calloway Walton (March 6, 1881–November 25, 1949) was the governor of the U.S. state of Oklahoma in 1923. ...


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Preceded by:
None
Oklahoma State Auditor
19071911
Succeeded by:
Fred Parkinson
Preceded by:
J.J. McAlester
Lieutenant Governor of Oklahoma
19151923
Succeeded by:
vacant
Preceded by:
John C. Walton
Governor of Oklahoma
19231927
Succeeded by:
Henry S. Johnston

 
 

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