Founding father and first governor Charles Haskell led our big and brawling new Western state with a cocksure confidence that he backed up with action—and he might even have saved it a time or two. In a distant generation, he rises up as one of the great men in Oklahoma history.
Join John and KTOK/iHeartRadio star Gwin Faulconer-Lippert for the story of Oklahoma Founding Father Charles Haskell, who had the rare poise, savvy, and head to navigate a rough-and-tumble Southern Plains territory into a vibrant 20th Century American state. This is the 78th episode of our original OKLAHOMA GOLD! radio program and podcast. Thank you Atwoods Stores for making it possible! Go HERE to listen to them all! Future episodes explore more great heroes, events, and movements of Oklahoma History. Thank you Atwoods Stores for making it possible!https://youtu.be/_meg3H5QxYU
Charles Haskell, first governor of Oklahoma.
First Oklahoma Governor Charles Haskell at the colossal statehood barbecue he organized.
The Columbia Bank and Trust in Oklahoma City, the state’s largest financial institution at the time of its 1909 failure. Haskell’s bold, daring leadership and the Bank Deposit Guaranty Law he spearheaded prevented Columbia’s collapse from dragging Oklahoma into a disastrous economic depression like New York and others had recently experienced.
Merle DeLeon’s drawing from Foster’s Comic History of Oklahoma by C. D. Foster. If not historically precise, it splendidly captures the swashbuckling—and surreptitious—nature of the Charles Haskell Administration’s 1910 “transfer” of the state capital from Guthrie to Oklahoma City.
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Read the full story at Charles Haskell – Pioneer Governor - Podcast,
from Oklahoma History, with John Dwyer