HARRELD, John William, (1872 - 1950)

Senate Years of Service: 1921-1927
Party: Republican

Library of Congress

HARRELD, John William, a Representative and a Senator from Oklahoma; born near Morgantown, Butler County, Ky., January 24, 1872; attended the public schools, the normal school at Lebanon, Ohio, and Bryant and Stratton Business College of Louisville, Ky., where he taught while studying law; admitted to the bar in 1889 and commenced practice in Morgantown, Ky.; prosecuting attorney of Butler County 1892-1896; moved to Ardmore, Okla., in 1906 and continued the practice of law; referee in bankruptcy 1908-1915, when he resigned to become an executive with an oil corporation; moved to Oklahoma City, Okla., in 1917 and engaged in the production of oil and continued the practice of law; elected on November 8, 1919, as a Republican to the Sixty-sixth Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Joseph B. Thompson and served from November 8, 1919, to March 3, 1921; was not a candidate for renomination, having become a candidate for the Republican nomination for United States Senator; elected as a Republican to the United States Senate in 1920 and served from March 4, 1921, to March 3, 1927; unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1926; chairman, Committee on Indian Affairs (Sixty-eighth and Sixty-ninth Congresses); unsuccessful candidate for election in 1940 to the Seventy-seventh Congress; returned to Oklahoma City and continued the practice of law and his interest in the oil business; died in Oklahoma City, Okla., December 26, 1950; interment in Fairlawn Cemetery.


Jones, Stephen. Once Before: The Political and Senatorial Careers of Oklahoma’s First Two Republican United States Senators, John W. Harreld and W.B. Pine. Enid, OK: Dougherty Press, 1986.