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Paul STEWART

(1892-1950)

STEWART, Paul, a Representative from Oklahoma; born in Clarksville, Johnson County, Ark., February 27, 1892; moved with his parents to Poteau, Indian Territory, in 1894 and to Red River County, Choctaw Nation, Indian Territory (now a part of McCurtain County, Okla.) in 1897; self-educated; entered the mercantile business at the age of thirteen at Spencerville, Indian Territory; in 1910 moved his mercantile business to Haworth, Okla., where he continued its operation until 1919; was admitted to the bar in 1915 and commenced the practice of law; postmaster at Haworth 1914-1922; served in the Oklahoma State house of representatives 1922-1926; moved to Antlers Okla., in 1929; editor, owner, and publisher of the Antlers (Okla.) American, a weekly newspaper, 1929-1950; member of the State senate 1926-1942, serving as Democratic floor leader in 1929 and 1930 and as president pro tempore in 1933 and 1934; Acting Governor in 1933; engaged in cattle raising, farming, and hotel business; elected as a Democrat to the Seventy-eighth and Seventy-ninth Congresses (January 3, 1943-January 3, 1947); was not a candidate for renomination in 1946 to the Eightieth Congress; resumed newspaper publishing business until his death in Antlers, Okla., on November 13, 1950; interment in City Cemetery.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present

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