WICKERSHAM, Victor Eugene, (1906 - 1988)


”Congressmen Leave for Overseas” (detail), 1945, Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives

WICKERSHAM, Victor Eugene, a Representative from Oklahoma; born on a farm near Lone Rock, Baxter County, Ark., February 9, 1906; moved to Mangum, Greer County, Okla., with his parents in 1915; educated in the public schools of Oklahoma; employed in the office of the county clerk of Greer County, Okla., 1924-1926; court clerk of Greer County 1926-1935; served as chief clerk of the board of affairs of the State of Oklahoma in 1935 and 1936; engaged as a building contractor in Oklahoma City in 1937 and 1938 and in the life insurance business 1938-1941; elected as a Democrat to the Seventy-seventh Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Sam C. Massingale; reelected to the Seventy-eight and Seventy-ninth Congresses and served from April 1, 1941, to January 3, 1947; unsuccessful candidate for renomination in 1946; elected to the Eighty-first and to the three succeeding Congresses (January 3, 1949-January 3, 1957); unsuccessful candidate for renomination in 1956 and for the Democratic nomination in 1958; elected to the Eighty-seventh and to the Eighty-eighth Congresses (January 3, 1961-January 3, 1965); unsuccessful candidate for renomination in 1964 to the Eighty-ninth Congress; real estate, insurance, and investment broker; member, Oklahoma State legislature, January 3, 1971-January 3, 1979, and again from February 9, 1988, until his death in Oklahoma City, Okla., on March 15, 1988; was a resident of Mangum, Okla; interment in Riverside Cemetery, Mangum, Okla.