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The many and varied business enterprises with which Eugene B. Lawson is connected establishes his position as a prominent figure in connection with the commercial and financial development of the state. A native of Kentucky, he was born in Shelbyville, May 27, 1871, and was a young man of twenty-five years when in 1896 he came to the Indian Territory, settling at Nowata. In the fall of the year 1896 he was admitted to the Oklahoma bar and entered upon the active work of his profession, but for the past twelve years has given no time to law practice. He is now concentrating his entire time and attention upon his oil interests, in the oil fields of both Texas and Oklahoma. He is one of the directors and was one of the founders of the First National Bank of Nowata. His business affairs, now extensive and important, have always constituted an element in the growth and progress of the state, as well as in the up-building of his own fortunes.
In 1891 Mr. Lawson married Miss Roberta Campbell, a daughter of J. E. Campbell, president of the First National Bank of Nowata. Mr. and Mrs. Lawson have one child, Edward Campbell Lawson, born October 7, 1905, who is now attending school at the Kemper Military School, Boonville, Missouri. Mr. and Mrs. Lawson have taken the keenest interest in the history of the various Indian tribes and have a most valuable and interesting collection of Indian relics, representing nearly every tribe in the United States.
Mrs. Lawson was president of the Oklahoma Federation of Women’s Clubs from 1919 to 1921 and is still very busily engaged in federation work.