Political History Since 1923
THE POLITICAL HISTORY of Oklahoma since 1923 may be only briefly discussed. It is impossible to determine with any degree of assurance the importance of characters many of whom are still living, or to pass judgment as to the wisdom or unwisdom of their policies and acts. Nor is it possible to evaluate properly the significance of most events so recent as to allow no time for historical perspective. The best that can be done is to state as clearly as possible what happened, leaving to future historians the task of assigning to characters and events their proper place in the history of the state.
Upon the impeachment of Governor Walton and his removal from office on November 19, 1923, Lieutenant Governor Martin Edwin Trapp, who had been acting governor since Walton's suspension, became chief executive of Oklahoma. Trapp was born in Kansas in 1877. He came of frontier stock; his grandfather had been a pioneer minister of the Christian Church in Missouri, and his father had migrated to Kansas when the greater part of that state was little more than a wilderness. Attracted by stories of the beauty and fertility of the Oklahoma lands, the elder Trapp left Kansas to join in the great run of April 22, 1889, and secured a claim, seven miles west of Guthrie, to which he removed his family. Here the future governor, at this time only twelve years old, grew up as a typical frontier