Charles S. MacDonald


Charles S. Macdonald. During an active law practice in Oklahoma for more than ten years, most of which time has been spent at Pawhuska, Mr. Macdonald has enjoyed the rewards and distinctions which come to a lawyer of his solid ability and thorough training. Much credit is given him at Pawhuska for his constructive work as city attorney during the period while Pawhuska was transforming itself from a village into a city.
For a young man Mr. Macdonald has seen much of the world and has lived up to his opportunities. He was born at Atchison, Kansas, September 14, 1877, a son of Alexander and Mary (Cleland) Macdonald. His father was born in Edinburgh, Scotland, and was married in Belfast, Ireland, to a native of that city, though also of Scotch parentage. Soon after their marriage they emigrated to the United States, locating in New York City, where for a time he was superintendent of an iron and wire works. From there he removed to Kansas, and has lived in various sections of the Middle West, part of the time in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and is now a resident of Kansas City, Missouri. Tor the greater part of his active life he was a merchant, but for the past fifteen or twenty years he has been a practicing member of the bar. In the family were six sons, among whom Charles S. was the third in order of age. The others are: R. D., of Lima, Ohio; A. B., of Chillicothe, Missouri; W. S. of Joplin, Missouri; George S., who is a traveling man with residence at Chillicothe, Missouri; and William, a jeweler and engraver.
From the city of his birth, Charles S. Macdonald went to Wichita, Kansas, and was with his father in Western Kansas during the boom days. He also spent part of his early career in Texas and Old Mexico, and for a time was with the Kansas City, Mexico & Orient Railroad, during its construction. He was also a rancher in Texas for a time. Mr. Macdonald took his higher education in the Valparaiso University, in Indiana, where he spent two years, and in 1899 was graduated LL.B. from the law department of the University of Kansas, being admitted by the Supreme Court of that state the same year. Since then he has been in the practice of law, located up to 1904 in Galena, Kansas. On moving to Oklahoma he became associated with C. J. Wrightsman, at Pawnee. The firm of Wrightsman & Fulton had offices both at Pawnee and Pawhuska, and Mr. Macdonald had charge of the Pawhuska office, under the firm name of Wrightsman, Palmer & Macdonald, at Pawhuska, Oklahoma, and has lived in that city since 1905. Later Mr. Macdonald and R. B. Boone bought out the firm’s law business at Pawhuska in 1907, and the firm was Boone & Macdonald for a time, later Boone, Leahy & Macdonald, and since December, 1911, has been Leahy & Macdonald. This is one of the leading law firms in Osage County.
In politics Mr. Macdonald has always been identified with the democratic cause. His four years of service as city attorney of Pawhuska was during the constructive era, and he drew up all the important ordinances and bond issues, and in other ways furnished valuable legal advice to the municipal government. While he was in office bonds were issued for city waterworks, light plant, sewers, schools, and for other purposes. During the campaign of Mr. Williams for governor of Oklahoma. Mr. Macdonald was his special committeeman in Osage County, and did much campaigning in other sections of the state. He is a member of the Oklahoma State Bar Association and fraternally is identified with both the York and Scottish rites of Masonry, including the thirty-second degree; the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, the Ancient Order of United Workmen and the Knights of Pythias. He belongs to Nu Chapter, Sigma Nu Fraternity, and to Green Chapter, Phi Delta Phi, of the University of Kansas.
In April, 1906, Mr. Macdonald married Anna Hubner of Lawrence, Kansas. Mrs. Macdonald is of German parentage.