HASTINGS, William Wirt

HASTINGS, William Wirt
69th Congress Pictorial Directory, Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives
1866–1938

Biography

HASTINGS, William Wirt, a Representative from Oklahoma; born on a farm in Benton County, Ark., near the Indian Territory boundary, December 31, 1866; moved with his parents to a farm at Beatties Prairie, Delaware County (then part of the Cherokee Nation in Indian Territory), Okla., and attended the Cherokee tribal school; was graduated from Cherokee Male Seminary, at Tahlequah, in 1884; teacher in the Cherokee tribal schools 1884-1886 and 1889-1891; was graduated from the law department of Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tenn., in 1889; was admitted to the bar the same year and commenced practice in Tahlequah, Okla.; attorney general for the Cherokee Nation 1891-1895; national attorney for the Cherokee tribe 1907-1914; delegate to the Democratic State convention in 1912; delegate to the Democratic National Convention in 1912; elected as a Democrat to the Sixty-fourth, Sixty-fifth, and Sixty-sixth Congresses (March 4, 1915-March 3, 1921); chairman, Committee on Expenditures in the Department of the Interior (Sixty-fifth Congress); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1920 to the Sixty-seventh Congress; elected to the Sixty-eighth and to the five succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1923-January 3, 1935); was not a candidate for renomination in 1934; resumed the practice of law in Tahlequah, Okla.; commissioned by President Franklin D. Roosevelt on January 22, 1936, as chief of the Cherokees for one day to sign certain papers; died April 8, 1938, in Muskogee, Okla.; interment in City Cemetery, Tahlequah, Okla.

View Record in the Biographical Directory of the U.S. Congress

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External Research Collections

Northeastern State University
Special Collections, John Vaughan Library

Tahlequah, OK
Papers: 1934, 8 pages. An address delivered by W.W. Hastings to the Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce on Friday, July 20, 1934.
Papers: 1934, 10 pages. A speech delivered by Congressman W.W. Hastings, Permanent Chairman of the [Oklahoma] State Democratic Convention, [October 8, 1934].

University of California
The Bancroft Library

Berkeley, CA
Papers: John Arthur Elston papers, 1918-1921, 0.25 linear foot. Correspondents include Hastings.

University of Oklahoma
Western History Collections

Norman, OK
Papers: In the Cherokee Nation papers, 1801-1982, 83 feet. Subjects include Hastings.
Papers: In the James Monroe Duke certificates, 1902-1926, 5 items. The certificates include a 1926 letter by Hastings replying to charges made by his opponent.
Papers: In the Patrick J. Hurley papers, 1900-1956, 188 feet. Subjects include Hastings.
Papers: In the Charles Gordon Watts papers, 1907-1944, 113.33 feet. Subjects include Hastings.
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Bibliography / Further Reading

Cravens, Dollye Hefner. "Standard Bearer of the Cherokees: The Life of William Wirt Hastings." M.A. thesis, Oklahoma Agricultural and Mechanical College, 1942.

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