(January 12, 1892 - March 14,
1979) was a lawyer, educator, U.S. Representative from
Oklahoma, and United
States Army officer in World War II. The town of Cartwright,
Oklahoma is named after him.
Born on a
farm near Georgetown,
Tennessee, Cartwright moved with his parents to the Chickasaw Nation, Indian Territory, in
1903.He attended the public schools at Wapanucka and Ada,
College at Durant,
educator he taught in the schools of Coal, Atoka, Bryan, and Pittsburg Counties in Oklahoma from 1914 to 1926.
During World War I he served as a private in the Student Army
Training Corps in 1917 and 1918. He studied law and was admitted to
in 1917. He was graduated from
the law department of the University of Oklahoma at Norman in 1920. Afterwards he began a
law practice in McAlester,
Oklahoma. Additionally he took postgraduate work at the
Chicago, Chicago, Illinois.
He served as member of the Oklahoma House of
from 1914 to 1918, and then as a member of the
State Senate from 1918 until 1922. Cartwright was a vocational
adviser for disabled veterans at McAlester, Oklahoma, in 1921 and
was an unsuccessful candidate for the Democratic nomination for
Congress in 1922 and 1924, and served as Superintendent of schools
Oklahoma from 1922 to
United States Congress
Cartwright was elected as a Democrat
to the Seventieth
and to the seven succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1927-January 3,
1943). He served as chairman of the Committee on Roads
(Seventy-third through Seventy-seventh Congresses). He was an
unsuccessful candidate for renomination in 1942. Cartwright was a
supporter of the New Deal
projects in his district.
He served as a major in the United
, Allied Military Government, with service in Africa
and Europe from 1943 until he was injured. He returned to the
United States as an instructor at Fort Custer, Michigan, in 1945. He was employed with the Veterans'
Administration at Muskogee, Oklahoma, in 1945 and 1946.
Cartwright was elected Secretary of State of
for four-year term in 1946. Cartwright was elected
State auditor for four-year term in 1950. Cartwright was elected
State corporation commissioner for six-year term in 1954 and
reelected in 1960 and 1966.He was a resident of Oklahoma
City, Oklahoma until his death there on March 14, 1979.
was interred in I.O.O.F. Cemetery, Norman, Oklahoma.