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Biography of Judge Napoleon B. Maxey

Judge N. B. Maxey has the distinction of holding the oldest license to practice law in the Oklahoma courts. Notwithstanding the fact he is still active in the profession, maintaining his once in Muskogee but frequently called to other sections of the state in connection with his specialty of insurance and surety law. He was born in Smith County, Tennessee, July 15, 1853, and the fact that his father, Thomas J. Maxey, was of French extraction probably accounts for the name given to the future Muskogee lawyer, Napoleon Bonaparte Maxey. Whether the name carries with it any qualifications that to of the great, French general and emperor have been manifest in the subject of this review, for he has the same indomitable spirit and courage in the face of difficulties and obstacles as marked the little Corsican. The mother of N. B. Maxey was Mary B. Day, a lady of Scotch descent, whose parents, John Douglas and Margaret (McCauley) Day, came direct from Scotland to the new world. N. B. Maxey spent his youth upon a farm, attending the neighboring schools until the outbreak of the Civil war, when conditions forced all schools to close. When the war was over it was necessary that he assist his father in repairing the family fortunes, for disaster had come to them as the result of the long military conflict and again there was no chance for the boy to continue his education for several years. After attaining adult age he raised a crop of tobacco and with the money earned through its sale he went to Union county, Illinois, in the fall...

Biography of Starkey Brent Dawes

Starkey Brent Dawes, since 1889 a representative of the Muskogee bar, now confining his attention largely to the practice of law as relating to lands and minerals, is a native of Tennessee and a son of Starkey and Amanda (Butler) Dawes. His father was an educator connected with the schools of Tennessee and afterward of Texas. The removal of the family to the Lone Star state enabled Starkey B. Dawes to pursue his high school education in Gainesville, Texas, and later he took the State Normal School course in Texas. His law course was that given by the Texas University, which he completed in 1888 and until the following year he remained in Gainesville, after which he sought the opportunities offered in this great and growing section of the country which was being thrown open to settlement by the white ‘people and which offered splendid opportunities by reason of its rich natural resources, bringing about a logical settlement and development. Mr. Dawes came to Muskogee on the 25th of May, 1889. There are few residents who have remained here for a longer period or who have been more closely associated with the development of the city. For almost a third of a century Mr. Dawes has continued in law practice here and for many years tried all kinds of cases and tried them well. In later years he has concentrated his attention more and more largely upon law practice relating to land and minerals and his clientage of this character is most extensive. In the early years, from 1893 until 1896, he was attorney for the Creek Indian Nation....

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