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enlarge |Artist: Christopher
Sponsor: Senate Members
of 48th Legislature
Size: 30" x 36"
Type: Oil on Canvas
Location: Senate Chamber
George W. Gardenhire was a native
of Tennessee, and was born in Marion County in 1841. At
the age of ten years, with his parents, he moved to Lawrence
County, Arkansas. He was in the Civil War and served over
four years in Company E, Arkansas Mounted Rifles. He returned
to Arkansas, and in 1866 was married to Miss Rebecca James
of North Carolina.
Mr. Gardenhire removed from
Arkansas to Kansas in 1869, and settled in Cowley County,
where he engaged in farming and stock-raising until April
22, 1889, when he joined the pioneers and came to Oklahoma
and settled in Payne County. He was State organizer of
the Alliance in Kansas, and is the national organizer of
the same party in Oklahoma. Neither Republican nor Democrat,
a Populist, he used his skills to negotiate a compromise
to become the Territorial Council's first President.
Gardenhire's most noted accomplishment
was establishing Oklahoma A&M College in Stillwater.
This happened after the deal had already been cut for the
Land Grant College to go elsewhere.
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