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Transcribed by G McCall from:

A STANDARD HISTORY OF OKLAHOMA, An Authentic Narrative of its Development from the Date of the First European Exploration down to the Present Time, including Accounts of the Indian Tribes, both Civilized and Wild, of the Cattle Range, of the Land Openings and the Achievements of the most Recent Period

By Joseph B. Thoburn, Assisted by a Board of Advisory Editors, Volume IV, Illustrated, The American Historical Society, Chicago and New York, 1916, Page 1363-1364.

HON. ROBERT P. DEGRAFFENRIED, elected to the district bench of the Third Judicial District of Oklahoma in 1910, and now serving in his second term, is an able and virile product of the State of Alabama. When but a child his family was impoverished by the circumstances attending the Civil war, and he early learned to be self-reliant. He has trusted nothing to hazard and owes no debt to adventitious circumstances, but constant toil and endeavor, based upon a splendid endowment of mental strength and physical endurance, have brought to him an honored place among the men prominent in law, jurisprudence and affairs of a civic character.

Judge Robert P. deGraffenried was born on his fatherís plantation in Greene County, Alabama, December 1, 1859, his parents being John F. and Annie Eliza (Kennedy) deGraffenried. His father was born in Fairfield District, South Carolina, and was a lineal descendant of Baron deGraffenried, who came from Switzerland during colonial times and settled in North Carolina. The mother of Judge deGraffenried was born in Greene County, Alabama, and was a daughter of the Rev. R. W. B. Kennedy, a Presbyterian minister of Scotch-Irish descent. When John F. deGraffenried was a boy, his father, Dr. Trezevant deGraffenried, removed his family from South Carolina to Alabama and settled in the south central part of the state. There John F. grew to manhood and received a good education. He was a West Point Military Academy cadet, but on account of ill health in his youth never graduated from that institution, but had a military career during the Civil war as a soldier of the army of the Confederacy. His whole-hearted and unselfish support of the cause which he believed to be just caused him to lose his many possessions, including the broad acres of his plantation and his many slaves.

As a lad, Robert P. deGraffenried found it incumbent upon him to assist himself if he desired more than a public school education. His preliminary studies were prosecuted in the unusually good schools at Pleasant Ridge, in the vicinity of the home plantation, and with $30 as his only capital he entered the Agricultural College of Mississippi, where he remained four years. He managed to work his way through that institution, and at the time of his graduation therefrom, in 1885, not only had paid his tuition but was possessed of a cash balance of $75. Mr. deGraffenried then went to Kentucky, where he was given employment as teacher in the public schools, thus enabling himself to take summer courses in law at the University of Virginia. He was admitted to the bar in Kentucky in 1887, and during the same year went to Texas, where he embarked in practice at the Town of Grandbury, remaining three years. He next removed to Quanah, Texas, where he practiced law five years, and during two years of that time acted in capacity of district attorney, an office to which he was elected on the democratic ticket. He declined to be a candidate for re-election, and in 1895 came to Muskogee, which city was continued to be his home to the present. Here he has been prominent not only as a thorough, profound and conscientious legist, but as the incumbent of judicial office and as a public-spirited and useful citizen. He has served as a member of the Muskogee Board of Education, and was chairman of the latter body when the present splendid school buildings of the city were erected. He was the first democratic nominee for judge of the District Court of the Third Judicial District, after Oklahoma had attained to statehood, in 1907, but was defeated at the polls by the republican candidate, Hon. John H. King. He again opposed Judge King in the election 1910 and was successful in gaining the election, and was re-elected in 1914, again winning from Judge King. Judge deGraffenried has won an enviable reputation in his judicial capacity, and his record is that of a dignified, accomplished and strictly impartial jurist, who has won the undivided support and respect of both bench and bar. Fraternally Judge deGraffenried is a Master Mason and a Knight of Pythias. With his family, he attends the Presbyterian Church, of which he has been a member since youth.

While teaching school in Kentucky, Judge deGraffenried met Miss Bessie Lacy, with whom he was united in marriage in 1891. Three children have come to them, namely: Jouett Lacy, Arthur Moseley and Mary.



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