Joseph C. Pringey Collection

1900-1935 (bulk: 1920-1929)

0.3 cubic feet

portrait of Joseph Pringey

Biographical Sketch of the Creator of the Collection

Joseph Colburn Pringey was born in Somerset, Somerset County, Pennsylvania, on May 22, 1858. Reared on a farm, Pringey later lived in Iowa and Missouri. In 1891, he participated in the land run which opened the Sac and Fox country in Indian Territory. He homesteaded a farm near Kendrick, Oklahoma. Pringey served in the Senate of the Oklahoma Territory, was a delegate to the 1900 Republican National Convention, and was a member of the board of regents of the University of Oklahoma. Engaged in farming, he also was a postmaster in Kendrick and Chandler, Oklahoma. From 1912-1920, he served as the county clerk of Lincoln County, Oklahoma.

In 1920, Pringey was elected as a Republican to the U.S. House of Representatives and represented the Fourth District. He served but one term as he was defeated by Thomas D. McKeown in the election of 1922. While in Congress, Pringey secured the Chandler post office building, the rifle range west of Chandler, and the federal building in Shawnee, Oklahoma.

Following his term in Congress, Pringey returned to Chandler and resumed his agricultural pursuits. He died on February 11, 1935, and was interred in Oak Park Cemetery.

Scope and Content of the Collection

This collection consists of .3 cubic feet of material and spans the period 1900-1935. This small collection consists primarily of invitations to various social events which Congressman and Mrs. Pringey attended in Washington, D.C. There are a few pieces of correspondence. In addition, there is a book on the 1900 Republican National Convention. An item-level finding aid is available. Also, there are a few photographs.

Joe Young, a member of Pringey's family, donated this collection to the University of Oklahoma in 2007.

For more information on the archival holdings, please contact the Carl Albert Center.

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