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William Tabor*

I was born in Kemper County, Mississippi in the year A.D. 1850. My mother died when I was an infant only three weeks old. My father brought me to my grandmother, Rebecca Williams, who lived at that time in Jefferson County, Ark. She raised me until I was in my 17th year. When she died, my father, Carroll Tabor, died. I do not remember seeing him. I was so small when I (saw him) last. In 1869, I went to Texas. Stayed there 29 years all except four years of my life have lived and made my living on farms, farming, raising and handling stock. Have served in Texas as a deputy sheriff. Had some experience with thefts inforcing (sic) the law. One time I was shot in trying to arrest thieves. I was halled (sic) home and was 14 days had to be turned on my bed. Have been preaching for the last eleven years. Am a minister in the Missionary Baptist Church, at the same time making my other living. In 1898 I moved to the Indian Territory where I have resided ever since.
     I became a candidate for the legislature in complyance (sic) with the wish of my many friends who (indecipherable) requested and (indecipherable) to make the race. I have never studied politics to be a politician, have only taken such interest as to enable me to vote for the best interest of my county and this makes me an ardent supporter of democracy.
     Will send photograph as requested. Please pardon me for this delay as was not convenient for me to attend to this sooner.
     This Aug. 16, 1907,

     William Tabor

*This is my transcription of a handwritten autobiography submitted to the Oklahoma Historical Society on the occasion of his being elected to the first Oklahoma legislature in 1907. On Nov. 16, 1907, Oklahoma became the 46th state.
     He served in the Senate in the first Oklahoma legislature and in the House of Representatives in the third. He died in 1917 and is buried in Paoli Cemetery

     Submitted by Bernadette Tabor Pruitt (great-granddaughter)

The source of the picture is "First Administration of Oklahoma," p. 189, compiled by John S. Brooks, Oklahoma City, and published by Oklahoma Engraving and Printing Co.

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