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Biography of Ezra Brainerd, Jr.

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Ezra Brainerd, Jr., has been an active representative of the legal fraternity of Muskogee for the past seventeen years, enjoying an extensive clientage that has connected him with much important litigation tried in the courts of the district. He was born in Middlebury, Vermont, on the 26th of August, 1878, a son of Ezra and Frances (Rockwell) Brainerd, the former at one time president of Middlebury College.

Excellent educational advantages were accorded him, for his public school training was supplemented by a course of study in Worcester Academy of Worcester, Massachusetts, and in Colgate Academy of Hamilton, New York. His professional training was received as a law student in the University of Michigan, from which he was graduated as a member of the class of 1904. That year witnessed his arrival in Muskogee, Indian Territory, and here he entered into a law partnership with W. H. H. Clayton, Jr., son of Judge W. H. H. Clayton.

Since severing that connection, however, he has engaged in general practice, first with William H. Davis, now of Spokane, Washington, and later with Charles P. Gotwals. He is faithful to his clients, fair to his adversaries and candid to the court. For a period of twelve years, beginning in 1907, he acted as referee in bankruptcy. His professional connections are with the Muskogee Bar Association, the Oklahoma State Bar Association and the American Bar Association.

In commercial circles, too, he has become an active factor as president of the Muskogee Crystal Ice Company and the City Ice & Cold Storage Company, these two enterprises having been developed to large proportions under his able direction.

On the 15th of April, 1908, Mr. Brainerd was united in marriage to Miss Edith Hubbard of Muskogee, and they have become parents of five daughters, namely: Jane, Bettie Maris, Frances Rockwell, Ethel and Edith.

Mr. Brainerd is a Knight Templar and a member of the Mystic Shrine and is likewise identified with the Benevolent Protective Order of Elks. He is also a popular member of the Town & Country Club.


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