McKEOWN, Thomas Deitz, (1878 - 1951)


69th Congress Pictorial Directory, Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives

McKEOWN, Thomas Deitz, a Representative from Oklahoma; born in Blackstock, Chester County, S.C., June 4, 1878; attended the common schools, studied under a private tutor and attended lectures at Cornell University, Ithaca, N.Y., in 1898; was admitted to the bar in 1899 and began practice in Malvern, Ark.; moved to Ada, Indian Territory (now Oklahoma), in 1901 and resumed the practice of law; appointed a member of the first State bar commission and elected president in 1909; judge of the seventh district of Oklahoma 1910-1914; presiding judge of the fifth division of the supreme court commission in 1915 and 1916; elected as a Democrat to the Sixty-fifth and Sixty-sixth Congresses (March 4, 1917-March 3, 1921); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1920 to the Sixty-seventh Congress; elected to the Sixty-eighth and to the five succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1923-January 3, 1935); unsuccessful candidate for renomination in 1934; moved to Chicago, Ill., and resumed the practice of law in 1935 and 1936; returned to Ada, Okla., in 1937 and engaged in farming and oil production; delegate to the Democratic State convention in 1942; county attorney of Pontotoc County, Okla., from April 1, 1946, to January 1, 1947; appointed county judge in 1947 and elected in 1948 and again in 1950 and served until his death in Ada, Okla., October 22, 1951; interment in Rosedale Cemetery.