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Lyle Hagler Boren (May 11, 1909-July 2, 1992) was a U.S.marker Democratic Party politician and a member of the United States House of Representatives from Oklahomamarker, serving from 1937 to 1947 and was defeated for renomination in 1946.

Early life and career

He was born near Waxahachie, Texasmarker, and moved to Lawton, Oklahomamarker in 1917, where he attended public schools. He finished high school in Choctaw, Oklahoma graduating from Choctaw High School, where the activities center now bears his name. Boren was graduated from East Central College at Ada, Oklahomamarker, in 1930. From 1930 to 1935, he was a school teacher in Wolf, Oklahoma, and later served as a deputy procurement officer for the United States Department of the Treasurymarker. Furthermore, he was involved in agricultural and mercantile business interests. He was married to the former Christine McKown.

Election to Congress

Boren was first elected to Congress in November, 1936, as a Democrat and was continuously re-elected until 1946 when he lost the Democratic primary election to Glen D. Johnson. Following his tenure in Congress, he resumed his business pursuits, except, in 1948, when he attempted to re-enter politics by running for his former U.S. House seat (Boren was again defeated).

Working for Oklahoma Democrats

After leaving Congress, Boren resumed many of his former mercantile business and agricultural pursuits. He was also a spokesman and successful fund-raiser for the Oklahoma Democratic Party and worked tirelessly to help Democratic candidates win election to public office. Most notably, Boren assisted his son, David L. Boren, to be elected Oklahoma's Governor in 1974, and to be elected to the US Senate in 1978.

Boren was the father of former U.S. Senator and Oklahoma Governor David Boren and grandfather of incumbent U.S. Congressman Dan Boren.

Retirement and death

After approximately 50 years in public life (in Congress and as an advocate for other candidates) Boren retired from public life (due to failing health) and moved to Oklahoma City, Oklahomamarker, where he remained until his death on July 2, 1992.

See also


  1. Biographical Directory of Congress Profile

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