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Wilburn Cartwright (January 12, 1892 - March 14, 1979) was a lawyer, educator, U.S. Representative from Oklahomamarker, and United States Army officer in World War II. The town of Cartwright, Oklahomamarker is named after him.

Early life

Born on a farm near Georgetown, Tennesseemarker, Cartwright moved with his parents to the Chickasaw Nation, Indian Territory, in 1903.He attended the public schools at Wapanuckamarker and Ada, Oklahomamarker, and State Teachers College at Durant, Oklahomamarker.

Early career

As an educator he taught in the schools of Coalmarker, Atokamarker, Bryanmarker, and Pittsburgmarker 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 the bar in 1917. He was graduated from the law department of the University of Oklahomamarker at Norman in 1920. Afterwards he began a law practice in McAlester, Oklahomamarker. Additionally he took postgraduate work at the University of Chicagomarker, Chicago, Illinoismarker. He served as member of the Oklahoma House of Representatives 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 1922. He was an unsuccessful candidate for the Democratic nomination for Congress in 1922 and 1924, and served as Superintendent of schools at Krebs, Oklahomamarker from 1922 to 1926.

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 public works projects in his district.

Military career

He served as a major in the United States Army, 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, Michiganmarker, in 1945. He was employed with the Veterans' Administrationmarker at Muskogee, Oklahomamarker, in 1945 and 1946.

Later life

Cartwright was elected Secretary of State of Oklahoma 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, Oklahomamarker until his death there on March 14, 1979.He was interred in I.O.O.F. Cemetery, Norman, Oklahomamarker.


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