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Lawyer

William Howard Payne, American lawyer. Recipient citation United States Secretary Navy, 1946. President League Young Democrats, Canadian County, Oklahoma, 1932-1933, floor leader Little Congress, Washington, 1934. Served as lieutenant United States Navy, 1944-1946.

Background

Payne, William Howard was born on October 8, 1909 in Norfork, Arkansas, United States. Son of William Joseph and Maude Isabel (Harris) Payne.

Education

Student, George Washington University, 1937-1941;student, Georgetown University, 1937-1941;Juris Doctor, Southeastern U., 1941.

Career

Newspaperman, El Reno (Oklahoma) Daily Tribune and El Reno American, 1929-1933;chief staff commission on Indian affairs, United States House of Representatives, Washington, 1934-1941;sole practice law, Washington, since 1942. Founder, Chairman, Board Of Directors Foundation for American Indian Tribal History, Washington, 1979. Claims attorney Cheyenne-Arapaho Indian Tribes of Oklahoma, 1948-1972, general counsel, 1948-1962.

Claims attorney Fort Peck Sioux Tribe of Montana, 1957-1982. General counsel Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe of South Dakot, 1957-1972. Claims attorney Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe, 1957-1982.

Membership

President League Young Democrats, Canadian County, Oklahoma, 1932-1933, floor leader Little Congress, Washington, 1934. Served as lieutenant United States Navy, 1944-1946. Clubs: National Lawyers, National Press.

Lodges: Masons (32d degree), Elks.

Interests

  • Other Interests

    Avocations: swimming, hunting, fishing, tennis.

Connections

Married LoRena Elizabeth, November 9, 1934 (deceased June 1963). Children: William Haydon, Jo Anne Payne Brown.

father:
William Joseph Payne

mother:
Maude Isabel (Harris) Payne

spouse:
LoRena Elizabeth

child:
William Haydon Payne

child:
Jo Anne Payne Brown Payne