Thomas A. Chandler Collection

1917-1937 (bulk: 1917-1919)

0.25 cubic feet

Thomas Chandler

Biographical Sketch of the Creator of the Collection

The son of Cherokee parents, Thomas Alberter Chandler was born in Delaware County, Indian Territory, on July 26, 1871. He attended public schools, graduated from Worcester Academy in Vinita, Indian Territory, in 1888, and also attended Drury College in Springfield, Missouri. Before being admitted to the bar in 1907, Chandler served as Cherokee revenue collector, Cherokee town site commissioner, and U.S. deputy clerk of the court for the northern district of Indian Territory. From 1909 to 1910 he was a member of the first Board of Public Affairs for the state of Oklahoma. Throughout his life his vocations included the practice of law, oil production, agricultural pursuits, and the real estate business.

An active Republican, Chandler attended the Republican National Convention in Chicago in 1908. In 1916 he was elected to serve the First District of Oklahoma in the U.S. Congress. Defeated for reelection in 1918, he ran again in 1920 and was elected to the House for the sixty-seventh Congress. While in the House, Chandler served on the Indian Affairs and Alcoholic Liquor Traffic committees during his first term and on the Ways and Means committee during his second term. Unsuccessful in his bid for reelection in 1922, he resumed his business practices and residence in Vinita with his wife, Marie Louise Wainwright, and their two children. He died on June 22, 1953.

Scope and Content of the Collection

Unfortunately the Chandler collection is small and fragmentary and does not reflect his activities in the U.S. Congress. For the most part, the 300 documents in the collection are constituent correspondence from 1917-1919. Some of the topics included in the materials are military conscription, Native Americans, drought relief, anti-lynching laws, the League of Nations, and the Panama Canal.

This collection is inventoried at the item-level. For more information on the archival holdings, please contact the Carl Albert Center.


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