This online exhibit highlights collections held at the Carl Albert Center Congressional Archives that reflect the careers of Republican Party senators and congressmen. Some of the collections are small, but together they represent a engaging aspect of U.S. history.

CELEBRATING THE GRAND OLD PARTY



McGuire Letter
Elected as territorial delegate to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1903, Bird McGuire (R-OK) was one of the most powerful Republicans in Oklahoma Territory and constantly at odds with other powerful Republicans, especially Territorial Governor Thompson B. Ferguson and his successor, Frank Frantz. McGuire and the governors fought over control of the territory and the party. In 1907, McGuire became the representative of Oklahoma's First District in the U.S. House of Representatives, a position he held until 1915. While in the House, McGuire served on the Committee on Indian Affairs, chaired the Committee on Expenditures in the Indian Department, and chaired the Committee on Expenditures in the Department of Commerce and Labor.

Chandler Letter
The son of Cherokee parents, Thomas Alberter Chandler (R-OK) was born in Delaware County, Indian Territory, on July 26, 1871. 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. 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.   

Harreld brochure
John W. Harreld (1872-1950) (R-OK) entered Oklahoma politics in 1919 when he was elected as the representative of Oklahoma's Fifth District in a special election. Although he opted not to seek reelection to the House, he instead ran a successful campaign and was elected to the U.S. Senate in 1920 and served one term. Harreld was a member of the Committees on Agriculture and Forestry, Claims, Post Offices and Post Roads, and Public Buildings and Grounds. He also chaired the Indian Affairs Committee.

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