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19th Oklahoma Legislature

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President of the Senate:  James E. Berry (D)
Speaker of the House:  Harold Freeman (D)
President Pro Tem of the Senate:  Tom Anglin (D)
19th Oklahoma Legislature
Composition:  Senate 40      4      House 94      24

The Nineteenth Oklahoma Legislature was a meeting of the legislative branch of the government of Oklahoma, composed of the Oklahoma Senate and the Oklahoma House of Representatives. The state legislature met in regular session at the Oklahoma State Capitol in Oklahoma City from January 5 to April 1, 1943, and in special session April 10–21, 1944, during the term of Governor Robert S. Kerr. The special session was called by the governor to ensure military men and women could participate in the 1944 elections.


Dates of session

  • Regular session: January 5-April 1, 1943
  • Special session: April 10–21, 1944
  • Previous: 18th Legislature • Next: 20th Legislature


    As Lieutenant Governor of Oklahoma, James E. Berry served as the President of the Senate, giving him a tie-breaking vote and allowing him to serve as the presiding officer in ceremonial instances or during joint session. Tom Anglin served as the primary presiding officer, or President Pro Tempore of the Oklahoma Senate. He was a former Speaker of the Oklahoma House of Representatives, during the term of Governor William H. Murray.

    House of Representatives

    The Oklahoma Democratic Party held 93 seats in the Oklahoma House of Representatives in 1943, allowing them to select the Speaker of the Oklahoma House of Representatives. Harold Freeman of Pauls Valley, Oklahoma served in the role during the regular session in 1943 and Merle Lansden, a Marine private from Beaver, Oklahoma, served in the role during the special session in 1944. Freeman was unable to serve because of being called to serve. R.M. Mountcastle of Muskogee, Oklahoma served as the second-in-command, or Speaker Pro Tempore.


  • Table based on Oklahoma Almanac.
  • House of Representatives

  • Table based on government database.
  • References

    19th Oklahoma Legislature Wikipedia

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