George B. Schwabe

George Blaine Schwabe (July 26, 1886 – April 2, 1952) was an American politician and a Republican U.S. Congressman from Oklahoma.

George Schwabe
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George Schwabe, U.S. Congressman and Oklahoma House Speaker
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Oklahoma's 1st district
In office
January 3, 1951 – April 2, 1952
Preceded byDixie Gilmer
Succeeded byPage Belcher
In office
January 3, 1945 – January 3, 1949
Preceded byWesley E. Disney
Succeeded byDixie Gilmer
8th Speaker of the Oklahoma House of Representatives
In office
Preceded byTom C. Waldrep
Succeeded byMurray F. Gibbons
Member of the Oklahoma House of Representatives from Nowata County
In office
Preceded byA. R. Garrett
Succeeded byCharles H. Baskin
Personal details
Born(1886-07-26)July 26, 1886
Arthur, Vernon County, Missouri
DiedApril 2, 1952(1952-04-02) (aged 65)
Alexandria, Virginia
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Jeannette Eadie Simpson Schwabe Barbara Yirsa McFarland Schwabe
Alma materUniversity of Missouri


Schwabe was born in Arthur in Vernon County son of George Washington Schwabe and Emily Ellen (Mose) Schwabe.[1] He attended public schools in his hometown. In 1910, he graduated from the law department at the University of Missouri.[2] He was admitted to the bar the same year and began to practice law in Columbia, Missouri.


In 1911, Schwabe moved to Nowata, Oklahoma, and began to practice law there. He successfully ran for mayor of Nowata and served in that capacity during 1913 and 1914. On June 10, 1914, he married Jeannette Eadie Simpson and they had five children. After Jeannette died in 1939, he married Barbara Yirsa McFarland on July 23, 1943.[3]

He began his service in state government in 1918 when he represented Nowata County, Oklahoma in the State House of Representatives. He served as House Speaker in 1921 and 1922.[2] He was the last Republican to serve in this capacity until 2005 when Todd Hiett was elected (there have been eight Republicans to serve as Speaker of the Oklahoma House of Representatives).

Following his term in the State House, he moved to Tulsa, Oklahoma and stepped away from public service while continuing to practice law. From 1928 to 1936, he was the chairman of the Republican county committee.

In 1944, he decided to return to politics when he successfully ran for Congress, representing Oklahoma's 1st congressional district. From January 3, 1945, to January 3, 1949, he served in the 79th and 80th United States Congress, losing to Dixie Gilmer in 1948. He was reelected in 1950 to serve in the 82nd United States Congress from January 3, 1951 until his death. During his time in office, he served on the Appropriations Committee.[4]


On April 2, 1952, while still in office, Schwabe died of a heart attack[5] at age 65 years, 251 days, in Alexandria, Virginia. He is interred at Memorial Park Cemetery, Tulsa, Oklahoma.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Index to Politicians: Schwab to Schwargler". The Political Graveyard. Retrieved 2007-04-03.
  2. ^ a b "SCHWABE, George Blaine, (1886–1952)". Retrieved 2007-04-03.
  3. ^ "George B. Schwabe". Oklahoma Historical Society. Archived from the original on 19 November 2012. Retrieved 7 June 2013.
  4. ^ "George B. Schwabe Collection". The Carl Albert Center. Archived from the original on 2007-02-09. Retrieved 2007-04-03.
  5. ^ Oklahoma Lawmaker George Schwabe Dies; The Baytown Sun; Baytown, Texas; Page 21; April 3, 1952

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Political offices
Preceded by
Tom C. Waldrep
Speaker of the Oklahoma House of Representatives
Succeeded by
Murray F. Gibbons
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Wesley E. Disney
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Oklahoma's 1st congressional district

Succeeded by
Dixie Gilmer
Preceded by
Dixie Gilmer
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Oklahoma's 1st congressional district

Succeeded by
Page Belcher