By Jr., Keith L. Bryant
William H. (Alfalfa invoice) Murray is crucial determine within the political background 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 grew to become 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. through the fight for statehood he waged a troublesome conflict over the structure, taking over President Theodore Roosevelt and Secretary of warfare William Howard Taft.
As Oklahoma governor, Murray challenged the oil undefined, newspaper pursuits, and the kingdom of Texas. To implement his courses, he trusted the nationwide safeguard. whereas governor, Murray known as out the safeguard forty-seven instances for tasks starting from policing price tag revenues at collage of Oklahoma soccer video games, to patrolling oil fields, to guarding the purple River Bridge in the course of the notorious Bridge battle with Texas.
In 1932 he ran for the Democratic nomination for president, and his status unfold around the kingdom. while 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 in actual fact outlined portrait of this decided yet rigid man.
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