By Jr., Keith L. Bryant
William H. (Alfalfa invoice) Murray is crucial determine within the political heritage of Oklahoma. No different person contributed so significantly to the formation of its political institutions—and there has been by no means a extra colourful or arguable personality at the state’s political scene. Flamboyant, unpredictable, and obdurate, Alfalfa invoice turned a legend.
President of the Oklahoma Constitutional conference, speaker of the 1st condo of Representatives, two-term congressman, and governor of Oklahoma, the Texas-born Murray made an indelible mark on his followed nation. yet he additionally made enemies. in the course of the fight for statehood he waged a difficult conflict over the structure, taking up President Theodore Roosevelt and Secretary of conflict William Howard Taft.
As Oklahoma governor, Murray challenged the oil undefined, newspaper pursuits, and the nation of Texas. To implement his courses, he trusted the nationwide defend. whereas governor, Murray known as out the protect forty-seven occasions for tasks starting from policing price ticket revenues at collage of Oklahoma soccer video games, to patrolling oil fields, to guarding the crimson River Bridge throughout the notorious Bridge warfare with Texas.
In 1932 he ran for the Democratic nomination for president, and his popularity unfold around the country. whilst candidate Franklin D. Roosevelt provided a software for nationwide restoration, Murray countered with “Bread, Butter, Bacon, and Beans.”
In describing Murray’s pissed off efforts to maintain the rural American of the 19th century, Bryant has written a perceptive biography proposing the 1st sincerely outlined portrait of this made up our minds yet rigid man.
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