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Biography of David Hester Cotten

David Hester Cotten, a native son of Oklahoma who represents the third generation of the family in this state, is numbered among the rising young attorneys of Miami, where since 1918 he has engaged in practice, and he has already won a well established position in the ranks of the profession. He was born near Ardmore, in that part of Indian Territory occupied by the Chickasaw Nation, on the 28th of January, 1894, his parents being David Oscar and Cora J. (Nesmith) Cotten, the former born at Tishomingo, Indian Territory, while the latter was a native of Birmingham, Alabama. The paternal grandfather, David B. Cotten, was born in Scotland, whence he immigrated to the United States, and subsequently married Miss Susan Le Flore, for whose family Leflore County, Mississippi, and Le Fiore County, Oklahoma, were named. They came to Indian Territory during an early period in its settlement, first becoming residents of the Chickasaw Nation, while later the grandfather moved to his allotment near Ardmore and became one of the leading citizens of his community, to whose development and up-building he contributed in substantial measure. His political allegiance was given to the Democratic Party, and he passed away at Ardmore in 1895, in the faith of the Presbyterian Church. David O. Cotten, the father of the subject of this review, attended the Indian schools at Tishomingo and after reaching years of maturity he devoted his attention to the occupation of farming, which he followed very successfully, acquiring extensive holdings in land, and he also raised high grade stock. Subsequently he moved to Ardmore in order that his children might...

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