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Congressman

William Wirt Hastings, American congressman. member 64th to 66th Congresses (1915-1921), and 68th to 73d Congresses (1923-1935), 2d Oklahoma District.

Background

HASTINGS, William Wirt was born on December 31, 1866 in Indiana. Son of (of Cherokee parentage) Yell and Louisa J. Hastings.

Education

Graduate from Cherokee Male Seminary, 1884. Bachelor of Laws, Vanderbilt University, 1889.

Career

Attorney General for Cherokee Nation, 1891-1895, and has represented same in winding up of tribal affairs at Washington, District of Columbia, since 1890. National Attorney for Cherokee Tribe, 1907-1914. Delegate, at large to Democrat National Convention at Baltimore, 1912.

Elected to 64-71 Congresses, from Second Oklahoma, Die., Democrat.

Achievements

  • On January 22, 1936, President Franklin D. Roosevelt commissioned him as chief of the Cherokees for one day.

Membership

Member 64th to 66th Congresses (1915-1921), and 68th to 73d Congresses (1923-1935), 2d Oklahoma District.

Connections

Married Lulu Starr, of Cherokee Nation, December 9, 1896.

father:
Yell Hastings

mother:
Louisa J. Hastings

spouse:
Lulu Starr