Arthur H. Geissler.
Probably the most forceful figure in the
republican party in Oklahoma today is Arthur H. Geissler, of Oklahoma
City, who came to Oklahoma at the opening of the Cherokee Strip in
1893, and has been variously identified with affairs as a banker,
lawyer and business man.
In 1910 Mr. Geissler
was elected without opposition as chairman of the Republican County
Committee of Oklahoma County, and was again chosen unanimously in
1912. During each campaign, under his management, the republican
party elected most of its candidates in that county, which at the
time was strongly democratic.
The Republican State
Committee in August, 1912, unanimously elected Mr. Geissler as its
vice chairman, and in September he became chairman of the State
Committee, and was re-elected to that position by the republican
state convention at Tulsa on February 12, 1914. In transferring his
field of work from an individual county to the state at large, Mr.
Geissler again demonstrated his ability as an organizer and loader.
The results of the campaign of 1914 indicate the truth of this
assertion, since at the election in the fall of 1914 the republicans
came within 5,000 votes of electing their candidate for governor in
the face of a normal democratic plurality of 25,000. The state
convention held at Oklahoma City in March, 1916, re-elected him by
acclamation to a four-year term as state chairman and also made him a
delegate-at-large to the republican national convention.
Arthur H. Geissler
was born in 1877, and came to Woods County, Oklahoma, at the opening
of the Cherokee Strip in September, 1893. During that year he had
begun the study of law in Chicago, and was admitted to the bar in
1896, when not yet twenty years of age. In 1903 Mr. Geissler took a
course in comparative jurisprudence and diplomacy at the Columbian
(George Washington) University of Washington, D. C. He has traveled
extensively and repeatedly in Latin America and Europe. Aided by his
knowledge of Spanish, French and German, he ha? acquired an intimate
understanding of the
history, literature and life of the various nations on the two
For the past fifteen
years Mr. Geissler has been prominent as a banker and insurance man.
From 1901 to 1910 he was vice president of a bank at Carmen,
Oklahoma, and was president of the Farmers Bank of Lambert from 1902
to 1907. In 1904 he engaged in the insurance business at Oklahoma
City, and in 1909 became president of The Reliable Hail Insurance
Company, and still remains as the executive head of this well known
Mr. Geissler is a
thirty-second degree Mason, and also a Knight Templar and Shriner,
and has affiliations with the Knights of Pythias, the Knights of
Khorassan (Note: part of the Knights of Pythias) and the Independent Order of Odd Fellows. In 1905 occurred
his marriage to Miss Julia Henderson Adams of Washington, D. C. Mrs.
Geissler, who is an accomplished linguist and a woman of exceptional
culture, was educated in France, Germany, England and New York. Her
father was Edward White Adams, a Louisiana sugar planter. Her mother
was a daughter of Maj.-Gen. James Pinckney Henderson, first governor
of the State of Texas and later a United States senator, and to whom
Congress presented a sword in recognition of his distinguished
military services in the war with Mexico.