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Joseph C. Pringey

Joseph Colburn Pringey (May 22, 1858 – February 11, 1935) was an American politician and a U.S. Representative from Oklahoma.

Joseph Colburn Pringey
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Oklahoma's 4th district
In office
March 4, 1921 – March 3, 1923
Preceded byThomas D. McKeown
Succeeded byThomas D. McKeown
Personal details
BornMay 22, 1858 (1858-05-22)
Somerset, Pennsylvania
DiedFebruary 11, 1935 (1935-02-12) (aged 76)
Chandler, Oklahoma
Political partyRepublican
  • Josephine Young Pringey
  • Zona Maxon Pringey
  • farmer
  • politician
  • postmaster


Born in Somerset, Pennsylvania, Pringey was the son of George and Effie Colburn Pringey and attended the common schools. He moved to Missouri in 1870, and attended a business college in Sedalia, Missouri.


Pringey homesteaded a farm near Chandler when the Sac and Fox lands were opened for settlement in 1891. He was also involved in a loan and insurance business. A Republican, he became a member of the Oklahoma Territorial Senate in 1893. He served as member of the board of regents of the University of Oklahoma at Norman in 1893 and 1894, and as delegate to the Republican National Convention in 1900. County clerk of Lincoln County, Oklahoma from 1912 to 1920.[1]

During World War I Pringey served on the Oklahoma Council of Defense and was a four-minute-man speaker. Elected as a Republican to the 67th Congress, he served from March 4, 1921 to March 3, 1923.[2] While in Congress, he served on three committees, Expenditures in the Department of Labor, Pensions, and Public Buildings and Grounds. Sometimes called "Uncle Joe," he advocated compensation for soldiers who had served in World War I and called for a tariff to protect the farmer and laborer.

An unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1922 to the 68th Congress, Pringey became Acting postmaster of Chandler, Oklahoma, in 1923 and 1924. He also resumed his agricultural pursuits.[3]


Pringey died in Chandler, Oklahoma, on February 11, 1935 (age 76 years, 265 days). He is interred in Oak Park Cemetery.[4]


  1. ^ "Joseph C. Pringey". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved 29 May 2013.
  2. ^ "Joseph C. Pringey". Govtrack US Congress. Retrieved 29 May 2013.
  3. ^ "Joseph C. Pringey". Oklahoma Historical Society. Retrieved 29 May 2013.
  4. ^ "Joseph C. Pringey". The Political Graveyard. Retrieved 29 May 2013.

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