Governor William Henry
Murray was a political
operative for the Oklahoma Territory gubernational candidate, Palmer S.
Moseley. Murray would go around and give talks to local farmers about
farming and politics. During these talks, he would talk about a large
tract of alfalfa that he had cultivated. Arthur Sinclair reported
to the editor of the Tishomingo Capital-Democrat that he had just heard
?Alfalfa Bill? deliver a fine speech. From 1902, the name stuck with
Murray for the remainder of his life.
William Murray was born 21 Nov
1869 in Collinsville (i.e. Toadsuck), Grayson Co., Texas.
Graduated from College Hill Institute
in Springtown, Texas.
First jobs included day laborer,
teacher, editor of a Dallas farm magazine, editor of a Corsicana daily
Admitted to the bar 1895
Moved to Tishomingo, Indian Territory
Became a legal advisor to the Governor
of the Chickasaw Nation
President of the Oklahoma Constitutional
Convention in 1906
Member of the sixty-third and sixty-fourth
United States of Congress
Governor of Oklahoma 12 January
1931 to 15 January 1935
Ranching interests spread to Bolivia,
where he established a colony
Johnston Murray continued his father?s
legacy and was administer the oath of office on 9 January 1951, becoming
the fourteenth Governor of Oklahoma. His father was the ninth Governor
Governor Murray died 15 October
1956 and is buried in Tishomingo, Oklahoma
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