James V. McClintic Collection


1 cubic foot

portrait of James McClintic

Biographical Sketch of the Creator of the Collection

James Vernon McClintic was born near Bremond, Texas, on September 8, 1878. He attended Add-Ran (now Texas Christian) University and became a salesman. In 1902 he moved to Snyder, Oklahoma Territory, where he operated a store. A Democrat, he rose rapidly in political life by becoming Snyder city clerk in 1908, Kiowa County clerk in 1909, Oklahoma state representative in 1911, and state senator in 1913.

McClintic became the first representative of Oklahoma's Seventh District (created after the 1910 federal census), serving from 1915 to 1934. Over this period he served on numerous committees: Expenditures on Public Buildings (which he chaired in the late 1910s); Patents; Public Lands; Ways and Means; and Naval Affairs (on which he served the longest). "Sunny Jim," as his constituents dubbed him, claimed many congressional firsts, including establishment of a school for House and Senate pages, advocation of military use of aircraft, and introduction of bank deposit guarantee legislation (1921). While in Congress, he studied at Georgetown University Law School and entered the Oklahoma bar in 1928. The voter dissatisfaction with the Great Depression ended McClintic's congressional career; he barely won the 1932 Democratic primary and lost the election of 1934 to Sam Massingale. There were unsuccessful attempts to regain this seat in 1941 and 1946.

In his later years McClintic became an administrator. He served as the executive assistant to Oklahoma Governor E. W. Marland. He also contributed to "Washington-Here and There," a political column published in the Daily Oklahoman. After this he was an administrative assistant for the Washington, D.C., Department of Vehicles and Traffic. Later, he worked for the Department of the Interior (1941-1944) and for the War Department (1944-1945). He died on a train en route from Chicago to Los Angeles on April 22, 1948.

Scope and Content of the Collection

The McClintic Collection contains slightly more than one cubic foot of material, dating 1910-1947, which provides some documentation of the man's elective and administrative career, as well as his family. Arrangement is chronological by office held. For his time in the Oklahoma House of Representatives, there is 1911 correspondence concerning state politics and a school land bill for Hobart, Oklahoma, as well as legislation to require health certificates mandatory prior to marriage. Approximately 0.33 cubic feet of correspondence, newspapers clippings, speeches, and flyers cover McClintic's congressional years. These include campaign materials (1918, 1932, 1934, 1941, and 1946) and subject files (primarily for aviation and bank deposit guarantee legislation). Of interest also are a journal and other documents written during a 1925 naval tour of the South Pacific.

There is a small amount of clippings and correspondence covering his years as Kiowa County clerk, state senator, executive assistant to Governor Marland, and federal administrator. Nothing exists for McClintic's years as a merchant or Snyder city clerk. Other items include typescripts of "Washington-Here and There" articles (mainly critiques of the Oklahoma delegation to Congress, 1936-1938), an account of a 1919 trip to Germany; short biographical sketches and obituaries; and miscellaneous family and genealogical documents. There is an item-level inventory detailing the entire collection and a small number of photographs in the collection.

McClintic's daughters donated this collection to the University of Oklahoma in 1983-1984. Many of his papers had been inadvertently destroyed prior to this time. For more information on the archival holdings, please contact the Carl Albert Center.

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