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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 western continents.
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 Oklahoma company.
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.