Arthur N. Daniels,
Speaker of the House
First Territorial Legislature
to enlarge |Artist: Kathryn
Sponsor: Sen. Charles Ford
Dedication: February 4,
Size: 48" x 30"
Type: Oil on Canvas
Location: House Lobby
Arthur N. Daniels came to Canadian
County from Illinois in 1889, was elected to the House
of Representatives of the First Territorial Legislature
1890 and became the youngest speaker of house in the nation.
Daniels had a homestead in
Canadian County near Downs (now in Kingfisher County).
He was elected on the Peoples Party, or the Alliance ticket,
in a democratic county. Victor Murdock of the Wichita Eagle
dubbed him, “Hon. A. N. Daniels, The Sockless Statesman
of the Canadian,” an original title given to him
since he seldom wore socks.
After voting on Council Bill
No. 7, an act moving the State Capitol from Guthrie to Oklahoma
City, he was accosted by a group of men on the streets of
Guthrie and was persuaded to recant his vote.
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