Claude Nowlin


Claude Nowlin. The great western metropolis of Oklahoma City contains many able men who have made the law the vocation of their lives. That all should be equally successful in such a career would be an impossibility; the profession’s prizes are few and far between, and the fortunate must needs be gifted with qualifications of a diversified character, exceptional legal ability, ready perception and power of intellect capable of dominating and controlling their fellow men. Among the representative legists of Oklahoma there are but few who possess these necessary characteristics in a higher degree than Claude Nowlin, of Oklahoma City, whose rapid and steady advancement has brought him to a foremost place in the ranks of his calling.
Mr. Nowlin has the distinction of being a Texan by nativity, his birth having occurred April 11, 1881, in Kerr County, and his parents being Dr. James Crispin and Elizabeth (Gathing) Nowlin. The father, a native of Kentucky, came west to Texas in 1855, and for many years followed the profession of physician and surgeon, being identified in this capacity for a long period with the famous Texas Rangers. He attained distinction both in his profession and as a citizen, and died in 1898. Mrs. Nowlin, who still survives, makes her home in Texas.
After attending the common schools of Kerr County, Texas, Claude Nowlin took his academic course in a normal school, and then, following some preparation, entered upon his legal studies in the law department of the University of Texas, from which institution he was graduated in 1902, with the degree of Bachelor of Laws. He was at once admitted to the bar and began his practice in Center, Shelby county, Texas, where he secured valuable experience, and in 1903 came to Oklahoma City, where he has since built up a large and representative legal business. His success, though steady, has been gradual, and the legal mind, the persuasive manner, the sagacity, the deep learning and the ready wit have all combined to place him in his present high position. Mr. Nowlin practiced alone until 1908. when he became associated with the firm of Harris & Wilson, and when that combination was dissolved, in 1910, formed a connection with Mr. S. H. Harris, the firm becoming as at present, Harris & Nowlin, with offices at No. 214 Pioneer Building. During the time of his residence in Oklahoma City, Mr. Nowlin has represented some very important interests. From 1904 until 1908, he was the special representative of the Reeves Threshing Machine Company, for the State of Oklahoma, and since January 1, 1914, he has been general attorney of the Pioneer Telegraph & Telephone Company. He holds membership in the Oklahoma State Bar Association, the Oklahoma County Bar Association, and the American Bar Association, and enjoys a high standing among his fellow-practitioners. Fraternally, he is connected with Lodge No. 417, Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, of Oklahoma City, of which he was exalted ruler in 1914; with Oklahoma City Lodge No. 36, A. F. &A. M., and with Oklahoma Lodge No. 8, Independent Order of Odd Fellows.
On November 12, 1903, Mr. Nowlin was united in marriage with Miss Margaret Hooper, daughter of Robert Bolen and Eliza Hooper, of Timpson, Texas, Mr. Hooper being one of the early pioneers of the Lone Star State. Two sons have been born to this union: Henry, September 1, 1904; and Robert, March 23, 1910. The pleasant family residence is located at No. 1115 West Thirty-third Street.