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Encyclopedia > William Cary Renfrow
William Cary Renfrow

4th Governor of Oklahoma Territory
Oklahoma Territory
Term of office: May 7, 1893January 31, 1897
Appointed By: Grover Cleveland
Predecessor: Abraham Jefferson Seay
Successor: Cassius McDonald Barnes
Born: March 15, 1845
Smithfield, North Carolina
Died: May 24, 1922
Bentonville, Arkansas
Political party: Democrat
Profession: Soldier, Businessperson
Spouse: Jennie York Renforw

William Cary Renfrow (March 15, 1845January 31, 1922) was an American Civil War soldier and Democatic 4th Governor of Oklahoma Territory. This is a list of Governors of Oklahoma Territory: See also Oklahoma Oklahoma Territory Governor of Oklahoma Category: ... Oklahoma Territory was an organized territory of the United States from May 2, 1890 until November 16, 1907, when Oklahoma became the 46th state. ... May 7 is the 127th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (128th in leap years). ... 1893 (MDCCCXCIII) was a common year starting on Sunday (see link for calendar). ... January 31 is the 31st day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1897 (MDCCCXCVII) was a common year starting on Friday (see link for calendar). ... The presidential seal was used by President Hayes in 1880 and last modified in 1959 by adding the 50th star for Hawaii. ... Stephen Grover Cleveland (March 18, 1837 – June 24, 1908) was the 22nd (1885–1889) and 24th (1893–1897) President of the United States, and the only President to serve two non-consecutive terms. ... Governor Abraham Jefferson Seay Abraham Jefferson Seay (November 28, 1832 – December 12, 1915) was an American lawyer, soldier, judge, and politician. ... Cassius McDonald Barnes (August 25, 1845 – February 18, 1925) was an American Civil War soldier, lawyer and Republican politician who served as the 5th Governor of Oklahoma Territory. ... March 15 is the 74th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (75th in Leap years). ... 1845 was a common year starting on Wednesday (see link for calendar). ... Smithfield is a town located in Johnston County, North Carolina. ... May 24 is the 144th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (145th in leap years). ... 1922 (MCMXXII) was a common year starting on Sunday (see link for calendar). ... Bentonville is a city located in Benton County, Arkansas. ... A political party is an organization that seeks to attain political power within a government, usually by participating in electoral campaigns. ... The Democratic Party is one of two major political parties in the United States, the other being the Republican Party. ... A soldier is a person who serves in an armed force for pay. ... A businessperson with some of the typical accoutrements of her or his profession: briefcase and mobile phone. ... March 15 is the 74th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (75th in Leap years). ... 1845 was a common year starting on Wednesday (see link for calendar). ... January 31 is the 31st day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1922 (MCMXXII) was a common year starting on Sunday (see link for calendar). ... Combatants United States of America (Union) Confederate States of America (Confederacy) Commanders Abraham Lincoln, Ulysses S. Grant Jefferson Davis, Robert Edward Lee Strength 2,200,000 1,064,000 Casualties 110,000 killed in action, 360,000 total dead, 275,200 wounded 93,000 killed in action, 258,000 total... A soldier is a person who serves in an armed force for pay. ... The Democratic Party is one of two major contemporary political parties in the United States, the other being the Republican Party. ... This is a list of Governors of Oklahoma Territory: See also Oklahoma Oklahoma Territory Governor of Oklahoma Category: ...

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Early Life and Civil War

William Cary Renfrow was born on March 15, 1845, in Smithfield, North Carolina. Renfrow attended public schools in North Carolina until he was 17 years old. In 1862, Renfrow dropped out of school to fight for the Confederate States of America in the American Civil War. He enlisted on February 25, 1862 in Company C of the 50th Regiment of North Carolina Infantry at Smithfield. Renfrow would be mustered into service at Camp Mangum on April 21, 1862 as a Second Sergeant. He was subsequently was promoted to First Sergeant. Renfrow would fight for the Confederacy for over two years. The last rolls of his company were for August, 1864 with Renfrow was being present. March 15 is the 74th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (75th in Leap years). ... 1845 was a common year starting on Wednesday (see link for calendar). ... Smithfield is a town located in Johnston County, North Carolina. ... The term public school has different (and in some cases contradictory) meanings due to regional differences. ... 1862 was a common year starting on Wednesday (see link for calendar). ... Motto: Deo Vindice (Latin: With God As Our Vindicator) Anthem: God Save the South (unofficial) Dixie (popular) The Bonnie Blue Flag (popular) Capital Montgomery, Alabama (February 4, 1861–May 29, 1861) Richmond, Virginia (May 29, 1861–April 2, 1865) Danville, Virginia (April 3–April 10, 1865) Largest city New Orleans... Combatants United States of America (Union) Confederate States of America (Confederacy) Commanders Abraham Lincoln, Ulysses S. Grant Jefferson Davis, Robert Edward Lee Strength 2,200,000 1,064,000 Casualties 110,000 killed in action, 360,000 total dead, 275,200 wounded 93,000 killed in action, 258,000 total... February 25 is the 56th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 1862 was a common year starting on Wednesday (see link for calendar). ... April 21 is the 111th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (112th in leap years). ... 1862 was a common year starting on Wednesday (see link for calendar). ... First Sergeant is the title given to holders of certain ranks and positions within the United States Armed Forces. ... August is the eighth month of the year in the Gregorian Calendar and one of seven Gregorian months with the length of 31 days. ... 1864 (MDCCCLXIV) was a leap year starting on Friday (see link for calendar) of the Gregorian calendar or a leap year starting on Sunday of the 12-day-slower Julian calendar. ...


After the Civil War ended, Renfrow did not return home to North Carolina. Instead, he moved to Russellville, Arkansas. There, in 1865, Renfrow married Jennie B. York of Judsonia, Arkansas on October 17, 1875. Renfrow would remain in Arkansas for the next twenty years, even serving as a deputy official for Pope County. Russellville is a city located in Pope County, Arkansas. ... 1865 (MDCCCLXV) is a common year starting on Sunday. ... Judsonia is a city located in White County, Arkansas. ... October 17 is the 290th day of the year (291st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1875 (MDCCCLXXV) was a common year starting on Friday (see link for calendar). ... Pope County is a county located in the U.S. state of Arkansas. ...


Move to Oklahoma and Governorship

When Unassigned Lands was opened by land run on April 22, 1889, Oklahoma Territory had official begun. Renfrow relocated to Norman where he opened a banking business. When the Republican US President Benjamin Harrison was replaced by Democratic Grover Cleveland, then Governor of Oklahoma Territory Abraham Jefferson Seay was replaced as well. Unassigned Lands - 1885 Unassigned Lands, or Oklahoma, were in the center of the lands ceded to the United States by the Creek (Muskogee), and Seminole Indians following the Civil War and on which no other tribes had been settled. ... April 22 is the 112th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (113th in leap years). ... 1889 (MDCCCLXXXIX) was a common year starting on Tuesday (see link for calendar). ... Oklahoma Territory was an organized territory of the United States from May 2, 1890 until November 16, 1907, when Oklahoma became the 46th state. ... Bizzell Library, University of Oklahoma Norman is the largest city in Cleveland County in the U.S. state of Oklahoma, and is part of the Oklahoma City Metropolitan Statistical Area. ... For other uses, see Bank (disambiguation). ... // The Republican Party (often referred to as the GOP, for Grand Old Party) is one of the two major political organizations in the United States two party system; the Democratic Party is the other. ... The presidential seal was used by President Hayes in 1880 and last modified in 1959 by adding the 50th star for Hawaii. ... Benjamin Harrison (August 20, 1833 – March 13, 1901) was the 23rd President of the United States, serving one term from 1889 to 1893. ... The Democratic Party is one of two major contemporary political parties in the United States, the other being the Republican Party. ... Stephen Grover Cleveland (March 18, 1837 – June 24, 1908) was the 22nd (1885–1889) and 24th (1893–1897) President of the United States, and the only President to serve two non-consecutive terms. ... This is a list of Governors of Oklahoma Territory: See also Oklahoma Oklahoma Territory Governor of Oklahoma Category: ... Governor Abraham Jefferson Seay Abraham Jefferson Seay (November 28, 1832 – December 12, 1915) was an American lawyer, soldier, judge, and politician. ...


President Cleveland appointed Renfrow the Governor, with his term beginning on May 7. 1893. He was the only Democratic Governor of Oklahoma Territory as well as the first at serve the full four year term. During his four year term, only a few major events would occur. The first of these was the opening of the Cherokee Outlet on September 16, 1893. The Oklahoma Historical Society was formed under his administration and on February 21, 1895, Governor Renfrow approved an act constituting the Society as trustee for Oklahoma Territory. May 7 is the 127th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (128th in leap years). ... 1893 (MDCCCXCIII) was a common year starting on Sunday (see link for calendar). ... Alternate meaning: Cherokee Strip, Kansas United States. ... September 16 is the 259th day of the year (260th in leap years). ... 1893 (MDCCCXCIII) was a common year starting on Sunday (see link for calendar). ... February 21 is the 52nd day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 1895 (MDCCCXCV) was a common year starting on Tuesday (see link for calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a common year starting on Thursday of the 12-day-slower Julian calendar). ...


Governor Renfrow was succeeded by the Republican Cassius McDonald Barnes, who was appointed by President William McKinley. Renfrow’s term in office officially ended on May 24, 1897. Cassius McDonald Barnes (August 25, 1845 – February 18, 1925) was an American Civil War soldier, lawyer and Republican politician who served as the 5th Governor of Oklahoma Territory. ... William McKinley (January 29, 1843 – September 14, 1901) was the 25th President of the United States. ... May 24 is the 144th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (145th in leap years). ... 1897 (MDCCCXCVII) was a common year starting on Friday (see link for calendar). ...


Post Governorship

After leaving office, Governor Renfrow moved to Kansas City, Missouri, where he would remain for a few years. He would later becoming engaged in the lead and zinc business in northeastern Oklahoma. He would return to Oklahoma and lived in Miami. There, he operated his mining business under the Renfrow Mining and Royalty Company. His business would make Renfrow an extensive owner of lead and zinc properties. In 1920, he would embark in the oil and gas business in the Mexia field in Texas. His business ventures were highly successful. Nickname: City of Fountains or Heart of America Location in Jackson, Clay, Platte, and Cass Counties in the state of Missouri. ... General Name, Symbol, Number lead, Pb, 82 Chemical series poor metals Group, Period, Block 14, 6, p Appearance bluish white Atomic mass 207. ... General Name, Symbol, Number zinc, Zn, 30 Chemical series transition metals Group, Period, Block 12, 4, d Appearance bluish pale gray Atomic mass 65. ... Miami is a city in Ottawa County, Oklahoma, United States. ... 1920 (MCMXX) was a leap year starting on Thursday (link will take you to calendar) // Events January January 3 - Babe Ruth is traded by the Boston Red Sox to the New York Yankees for $125,000, the largest sum ever paid for a player at that time. ... Official language(s) See: Languages of Texas Capital Austin Largest city Houston Area  Ranked 2nd  - Total 268,581 sq mi (695,622 km²)  - Width 773 miles (1,244 km)  - Length 790 miles (1,270 km)  - % water 2. ...


Governor Renfrow passed away while sitting in the lobby of the Massey Hotel at Bentonville, Arkansas on January 31, 1922, while traveling from Miami to Russellville to visit his ailing brother. Renfrow was laid to rest in the cemetery at Russellville, Arkansas by the side of his wife who died some years before. Bentonville is a city located in Benton County, Arkansas. ... January 31 is the 31st day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1922 (MCMXXII) was a common year starting on Sunday (see link for calendar). ...


See also

  • Chronicles of Oklahoma entry
Preceded by:
Abraham Jefferson Seay
Governor of Oklahoma Territory
18931897
Succeeded by:
Cassius McDonald Barnes

 
 

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