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Wesley Ernest Disney (October 31, 1883 – March 26, 1961) was an American politician and a U.S. Representative from Oklahoma. He was also a member of the Oklahoma House of Representatives.

Wesley Ernest Disney
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Oklahoma's 1st district
In office
March 4, 1931 – January 3, 1945
Preceded byCharles O'Connor
Succeeded byGeorge Schwabe
Member of the Oklahoma House of Representatives
In office
Personal details
BornOctober 31, 1883 (1883-10-31)
Richland, Kansas
DiedMarch 26, 1961 (1961-03-27) (aged 77)
Washington, D.C.
Citizenship United States
Political partyDemocratic Party
Spouse(s)Anna Susanna Vansant Disney
ChildrenWesley Vansant Disney; Ralph Willard Disney
Alma materUniversity of Kansas at Lawrence
Professionlawyer, politician, lobbyist


Born in Richland, Kansas, Disney was the son of Wesley and Elizabeth Matney Disney, and attended the public schools of Kansas. He was graduated from the law department of the University of Kansas at Lawrence in 1906. He was admitted to the Kansas bar in 1906, the Oklahoma bar in 1908, and began practice in Muskogee, Oklahoma, in 1908. On September 22, 1910, he married Anna Van Sant, and they had two sons.[1]


Disney was county attorney of Muskogee County, Oklahoma, from 1911 to 1915. He served as member of the Oklahoma House of Representatives from 1919 to 1924. He was chairman of the board of managers in the impeachment trial of Governor Jack C. Walton in 1923.[2]

Elected as a Democrat to the Seventy-second and to the six succeeding Congresses, Disney served from March 4, 1931 to January 3, 1945.[3] He was on the Banking and Currency Committee as well as the Ways and Means Committee, making him known as "watchdog of the Treasury". Not a candidate for renomination in 1944, he was an unsuccessful candidate for the Democratic nomination for United States Senator. He continued to practice law in Washington, D.C., and Tulsa, Oklahoma, and was also a successful lobbyist.


Disney died in Washington, D.C., on March 26, 1961 (age 77 years, 146 days). He is interred at Memorial Park Cemetery, Tulsa, Oklahoma.[4]


  1. ^ "Wesley E. Disney". Oklahoma Historical Society. Retrieved 31 May 2013.
  2. ^ "Wesley E. Disney". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved 31 May 2013.
  3. ^ "Wesley E. Disney". Govtrack US Congress. Retrieved 31 May 2013.
  4. ^ "Wesley E. Disney". The Political Graveyard. Retrieved 31 May 2013.

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