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History of Northern District of Oklahoma

In 1889, the Indian Territory was set aside for five civilized tribes:  Cherokee, Choctaw, Chickasaw, Creek and Seminole.  The Territory of Oklahoma was created on May 2, 1890.  On March 1, 1895, the Indian Territory was divided into three districts: Central, Northern and Southern.  On May 27, 1902, the Western District of the Indian Territory was established.  The Act of June 16, 1906, merged the Oklahoma and Indian Territories, thereby forming the State of Oklahoma.  The Act was effective upon admission of Oklahoma as a state on November 16, 1907.

Following is a listing of former United States Marshals for the Northern District of Oklahoma.

MARSHAL

DATE

VICE
Indian Territory
NEEDLES, Thomas B. March 26, 1889 (C) Original Appointment
McALESTER, James J. April 6, 1893 (C) Needles (Term Expired)
     
Oklahoma Territory
LURTY, Warren S. May 14, 1890 (C) Original Appointment
GRIMES, William August 22, 1890 (C) Lurty (Resigned)
NIX, Evitt D. May 26, 1893 (R)
August 22, 1893 (C)
Grimes (Removed)
NAGLE, Patrick S. February 18, 1896 (C) Nix (Removed)
THOMPSON, Canada H. October 25, 1897 (R)
January 10, 1898 (C)
January 13, 1902 (C)
Nagle (Resigned)
FOSSETT,  William D. March 31, 1902 (C) Thompson (Resigned)
ABERNATHY, John R. February 13, 1906 (C) Fossett (Term Expired)
Indian Territory, Central District
McALESTER, James J. March 1, 1895 Himself as Marshal of Indian Territory
GRADY, Jasper P. April 19, 1897 (C) McAlester (Tern Expired)
HACKETT, Benjamin F. April 2, 1901 (R)
December 17, 1901 (C)
Grady (Term Expired)
MILLER, G. L. February 6, 1904 (C.A.) Hackett (Removed)
PRITCHARD, George K. February 18, 1904 (C) Miller (C.A.)
WITTE, Gerhard H. October 4, 1907 (C.A.) Pritchard (Resigned)
Indian Territory, Northern District
RUTHERFORD, Samuel M. March 20, 1895 (R
December 12, 1895
Original Appointment
BENNETT, Leo E. September 21, 1897 (R)
January 10, 1898 (C)
December 17, 1901
Rutherford (Removed)
DARROUGH, William H. June 27, 1902 (C)
April 19, 1906 (C)
Bennett (Transferred to Indian Territory, Western District)
Indian Territory, Southern District
STOWE, Lucius L. March 20, 1895 (C) Original Appointment
STOWE, Charles L. August 13, 1895 (R) Stowe L.L. (Deceased)
HAMMER, John S. September 21, 1897 (R) Stowe, C.L. (Removed)
COLBERT, Benjamin H. January 21, 1902 (C) Hammer (Term Expired)
PORTER, Grosvenor A. February 6, 1906 (C) Colbert (Term Expired)
Indian Territory, Southern District
BENNETT, Leo E. May 27, 1902
January 9, 1906 (C)
Himself as Marshal of Indian Territory. Northern District
Western District of Oklahoma
ABERNATHY, John R. November 11, 1907 (R)
January 13, 1908
Himself as Marshal of Oklahoma Territory
MADSEN, Christian December 27, 1910 (C.A.) Abernathy (Resigned)
CADE, William S. February 15, 1911 Madsen (C.A.)
NEWELL, John Q. November 3, 1913 (C) Cade (Resigned)
McDONALD, Alva July 13, 1921 (C) Newell (Resigned)
Northern District of Oklahoma
BEARD, Henry G. March 17, 1925 Original Appointment
VICTOR, Samuel G. December 15, 1928 (C.A) Beard (Removed)
VICKREY, John H. March 2, 1929 (C) Victor (C.A.)
LOGAN, John P. June 13, 1933 (C)
August 15, 1937 (C)
October 30, 1941 (C)
November 29, 1945
Vickrey (Term Expired)
STANLEY, Virgil B. February 12, 1949 (C.A.)
March 21, 1949 (C)
Logan (Resigned)
VICTOR, James Y. August 5, 1953 (C)
August 6, 1957 (C)
Stanley (Term Expired)
FOREMAN, Doyle W. July 25, 1961 (C)
August 11, 1965
Victor (Separated)
CONNOLLY, Harry December 10, 1969 (C)
March 1, 1974
Foreman (Term Expired)
GARDNER, Carl W. September 15, 1977 (C) Connolly (Term Expired)
CONNOLLY, Harry December 5, 1981 (C)
March 24, 1986
Gardner (Term Expired)
SINK, J.D.  (Acting) January 1, 1989 Connolly (Retired 12/31/89)
VAN PUTTEN, Raymond February 9, 1989 (A.G.) Sink (Acting)
CROWL, Donald E. February 9, 1990 (C) Van Putten (Interim Appointment)
HUGHES, James M. February 11, 1994 Crowl (Term Expired)
WELCH, Timothy D. Resigned
Vacant 2010

 

The following translation of abbreviations applies to the state-by-state lists:
        "R" - Recess appointment date
        "S" - Senate Confirmation date (used from 1789-1903)
        "C.A." - Court Appointment date
        "A.G." - Attorney General appointment date

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