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Bird Segle McGuire (October 13, 1865 – November 9, 1930) was an American politician, a Delegate and the last U.S. Representative from Oklahoma Territory. After statehood, he was elected as an Oklahoma delegate to Congress, where he served six consecutive terms. He retired from politics in 1915. He was a cousin of William Neville.

Bird Segle McGuire
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Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Oklahoma's 1st district
In office
November 16, 1907 – March 3, 1915
Succeeded byJames S. Davenport
Delegate to the U.S. House of Representatives from Territory of Oklahoma's At-large district
In office
March 4, 1903 – March 3, 1907
Preceded byDennis T. Flynn
Succeeded bystatehood achieved
Personal details
Born(1865-10-13)October 13, 1865
Belleville, Illinois
DiedNovember 9, 1930(1930-11-09) (aged 65)
Tulsa, Oklahoma
NationalityAmerican
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Goldie Cross McGuire
Alma materUniversity of Kansas at Lawrence
Professioncattleman, teacher, lawyer, politician

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Early lifeEdit

Born in Belleville, Illinois, McGuire moved to Randolph County, Missouri with his parents in 1867. He attended public school, and moved to Chautauqua County, Kansas, in the spring of 1881; and then to Indian Territory. He engaged in the cattle business, and attended the State Normal School at Emporia, Kansas.

CareerEdit

McGuire taught for several terms, and later attended the law department of the University of Kansas at Lawrence. He was admitted to the bar in 1889 and commenced practice in Chautauqua, Kansas. He served as prosecuting attorney of Chautauqua County, Kansas from 1890 to 1894. After moving to Pawnee County, Oklahoma, in 1894 he practiced law there. He was appointed assistant United States Attorney for Oklahoma Territory in 1897, in which capacity he served until after his nomination for Congress.[1]

McGuire was recognized as the leader of one wing of the Oklahoma Republican Party and battled with the last territorial governor Frank Frantz over party leadership and patronage appointments.[2] The infighting resulted in McGuire's being the only Republican elected to Congress from Oklahoma in 1907.[2]

Elected as a Republican a Delegate to the Fifty-eighth and Fifty-ninth Congresses, McGuire served from March 4, 1903, to March 3, 1907. He was then elected as a Representative to the Sixtieth and to the three succeeding Congresses and served from November 16, 1907, when Oklahoma was admitted as a State into the Union, until March 3, 1915.[3] He served as chairman of the Committee on Expenditures in the Department of the Interior (Sixty-first Congress). He was not a candidate for renomination in 1914 to the Sixty-fourth Congress.

Resuming the practice of his profession in Tulsa, Oklahoma, McGuire also owned and operated a large ranch near Bartlesville, Oklahoma.

DeathEdit

McGuire died in Tulsa, Tulsa County, Oklahoma, on November 9, 1930 (age 65 years, 27 days). He is interred at Memorial Park Cemetery, in Tulsa, Oklahoma.[4]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Bird Segle McGuire". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved 23 May 2013.
  2. ^ a b Carney, George O., "McGuire, Bird Segle (1865-1930)," Encyclopedia of Oklahoma History and Culture Archived May 31, 2010, at the Wayback Machine (accessed May 28, 2010).
  3. ^ "Bird Segle McGuire". Govtrack US Congress. Retrieved 23 May 2013.
  4. ^ "Bird Segle McGuire". The Political Graveyard. Retrieved 23 May 2013.

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