Clarence W. Lively. While the Lively family, of which Clarence W. Lively, a leading member of the Sapulpa bar, is a member, has not had time to make much history in Oklahoma, its achievements in early colonial days were notable and the name appears in many annals and is perpetuated in the name of a thriving town in West Virginia. It is to be regretted that many of the vigorous old families of the United States have not preserved carefully the records which would be so prized by their descendants and by earnest students of history, and thus comparatively little is known of the Lively ancestry, this little however proving that enterprise, courage and patriotism belonged to it. The founders of the family, three brothers, came from England in 1750 and were colonists at Williamsburg, Virginia, and from there many of the name of Lively went into the Patriot army and served valiantly during the Revolutionary war. Military prowess was shown again, many years later, during the Civil war, when on both sides members of this family served according to their convictions, on both sides, Union and Confederate, one survivor being Samuel Lively, a Union veteran now residing at Ottumwa, Iowa.
Clarence W. Lively was born April 12, 1878, at Fayetteville, West Virginia, and is a son of C. C. and Mary E. (Fisher) Lively. Both were natives of Greenbrier County, Virginia, the former born February 7, 1848, and the latter in 1852. In 1828, Dr. Elias Lively, with his two brothers, Rufus and Levi Lively, removed from the old settlement to Greenbrier County. Dr. Elias Lively was the grandfather of Clarence W. Lively, and his father, Carteret Lively, had once been captured by the Indians.
In 1875 the parents of Mr. Lively came from West Virginia to Ottumwa, Iowa, but three years later returned to their former home at Lively, Fayette County, West Virginia. In early years the father of Mr. Lively was a teacher and later engaged in farming. There were eight children in the family.
In assisting his father and attending school, Clarence W. Lively passed his boyhood. He had academic advantages at Fayetteville and also attended Marshall College, then entered the law department of the University of West Virginia and later, after one year’s attendance as a student in the law department of the University of Virginia, was graduated therefrom with his degree in 1905. He entered into practice at Huntington, West Virginia, where he continued for five years and during that time became widely known and served as assistant prosecuting attorney. In October, 1910, Mr. Lively came to Sapulpa, where his legal talents, his general enterprise and his manifestations of civic interest have secured him public confidence and esteem. He has made substantial investments in Creek County and these include valuable real estate and oil properties.
In 1905 Mr. Lively was united in marriage with Miss Cora Shinn, who was born in Jackson County, West Virginia, and is a daughter of R. P. Shinn, who is the present sheriff of Jackson County. Mr. and Mrs. Lively have one son, Lanier.
In politics Mr. Lively has always been a staunch democrat and public affairs have been a subject of vital interest to him, not in the way of office seeking but on the wider plane of true American citizenship.