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Biography of William Thomas Rye

The bar of Craig county finds a prominent representative in William Thomas Rye, who since 1908 has followed his profession at Vinita, his ability being demonstrated by the large clientele accorded him. He was born near South Boston, in Halifax county, Virginia, September 2, 1879, and his parents were George J. and Susan (Dewberry) Rye, both natives of Virginia and representatives of old and highly respected families of that state. Prior to the Civil war the father had gone to Mississippi and after the out-break of hostilities he joined a regiment in that state, but after receiving his discharge from the service returned to Virginia. After completing his public school course Mr. Rye attended the Cluster Springs Academy and Hampden Sidney College and then engaged in educational work for a time, going to Amherst, Virginia, where he taught classes in Latin, French and mathematics. Later he was connected with a bank of that city and then resumed his studies, spending the years 1905 and 1906 in the law school of the University of Michigan. In 1907 he taught school at Bardwell, Kentucky, and following his admission to the bar in 1908 he came to Vinita, Oklahoma, where he has since made his home. For four years he was a law partner of Hon. J. S. Davenport, who represented this district in the sixtieth, sixty-first and sixty-second sessions of congress, and from 1912 until 1914 practiced independently. He then served for a year as assistant county attorney under W. H. Voyles, after which they formed a partnership for the general practice of law, and this relationship is still maintained. They...

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