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Glenn Dean Shirley

Glenn Dean Shirley, American writer. Recipient Oklahoma Literary Endeavor award, 1960, American's Star award United States Marshal Service, 1989, Professional Writing award University Oklahoma, 1990; inducted into Oklahoma Journalism Hall of Fame, 1981, Oklahoma Professional Writers Hall of Fame, 1992.


  • Shirley, Glenn Dean was born on December 9, 1916 in Payne County, Oklahoma, United States. Son of Ellis Dean and Effie Teresa (Knorr) Shirley.

  • Education

    • Diploma, Institute for Advanced Study School Criminology, 1937. Diploma, New York Institute Photography, 1941. Diploma, International Criminologist School, Seattle, 1948.

      Diploma, Delehanty Institute, 1949. Diploma, Oklahoma Agricultural and Mechanical College, 1950. Bachelor of Laws, LaSalle University, Chicago, 1940.


    • Captain, assistant chief Stillwater Police Department, (Oklahoma), 1936-1957. Criminal deputy Payne County Sheriff' General’ s Office, 1957-1959. Assistant chief security Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, 1959-1969.

      Publications specialist, assistant director Oklahoma State University Press, 1969-1979, retired, 1980. Freelance writer Stillwater, 1980—2002. History consultant Western Publications, public True West, Old West magazines.

      Lecturer in field.


    • Biochemistry (4th Edition)
    • The fourth edition of Biochemistry  preserves the clear writing, strong physical chemistry background, and the use of the "Tools of Biochemistry" feature to underscore the experimental nature of biochemistry.
    • Temple Houston: Lawyer With a Gun
    • A lively biography of Sam Houston’s illustrious son The youngest son of General Sam Houston and Margaret Lea Houston, Temple Lea Houston lived his comparatively short life fast and hard.


    Member Oklahoma Writers Federation (past president, life member), Indian Territory Posse Westerners (past president), Western Writers American, Western History Association, National Association Outlaw and Lawman History, Oklahoma Heritage Association, Institute Great Plains, Associates Western History Collections (trustee), National Cowboy Hall of Fame, Associates of Western History Collections of the University of Oklahoma, Oklahoma State History Society, Kansas State History Society, Montana State History Society.


    • Married Carrie Mabel Jacob, 1946. Children: Glenda Lea, Kenneth Ellis.
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    Born December 9, 1916
    Died February 27, 2002
    (aged 85)
    • 1937
      IAS School Criminology
    • 1941
      New York Institute Photography
    • 1948
      International Criminologist School
    • 1949
      Delehanty Institute
    • 1950
      Oklahoma Agricultural and Mechanical College
    • 1940
      LaSalle University
    • 1957 - 1959
      criminal deputy Payne County Sheriff's Office
    • 1959 - 1969
      assistant, chief security Oklahoma State University
      Stillwater, Oklahoma, United States
    • 1980 - 2002
      freelance writer, Stillwater
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