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Moman Goes to Washington to Lobby for Hamilton Bill

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Moman Goes to Washington to Lobby for Hamilton Bill

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EDITOR'S NOTE: The following article was drawn from research by Kemper Kimberlin and the autobiography "Moman Pruiett Criminal Lawyer." By Kemper Kimberlin

Journal Record Correspondent

Although Moman Pruiett became more interested in politics as eminent statehood grew near, he had no desire to be a politician. He instead wanted to support those who would be of use to him once elected.

Moman was in support of a single state proposal, known as the Hamilton Bill. The bill was becoming stagnant in Washington, because interested northern politicians wanted a two-state system for the "twin territories." This allowed for more politicians.

Using his own money, Moman traveled to Washington to give the Hamilton bill a shot in the arm. Once there, he looked up his friends who helped him gain clemency for Charlie Bias five years earlier. As it turned out, Senator Beveridge, of Indiana, and Senator Culberson, of Texas, were on the opposite side of the fence, supporting the twin-state proposal.

Culberson, who was once the governor of Texas, was the man who pardoned Moman as a youth when he lived in Paris, Texas.

Moman found the two senators at their hotel, where they were enjoying diner and a few drinks. They knew Moman was in town, for the press had covered every move he made during his visit there. The senators invited Moman to sit with them, and he did.

Moman went straight to the point, stopping only briefly to knock down a drink which was placed before him. He told his friends that Indian Territory had 700,000 citizens to add to the union, half of which were formerly from Texas. He reminded Culberson that throughout the years he spoke highly of him to many people living in the territory, who would be in support of him if it weren't for his views on statehood.

When Culberson said he thought a two-state system would be good for the union, Moman told him that his state was too big and perhaps it should be split into two or more states. …

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