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Judge D. A. McDougal. For the past twelve years Judge McDougal has been not only one of the leading lawyers of the City of Sapulpa, but has been one of the live and pushing citizens who have brought that town into prominence as an important commercial center in Eastern Oklahoma. He is now senior member of the firm of McDougal, Lytle & Allen, lawyers in Sapulpa, but has many interests by which he is identified with this great new state.
Of a Tennessee family, he was born at Wayland Springs in that state, January 14, 1865, a son of Dr. J. F. and Mary Davis (Carmack) McDougal. His father was born in Alabama and his mother in Mississippi. Doctor McDougal was reared in Tennessee, and spent most of his active career there, where he practiced medicine for a great many years. The mother died in that state in September, 1880. She was born in 1822. Doctor McDougal was born July 16, 1820, and died in 1905, being buried on his eighty-fifth birthday.
The youngest in a large family of thirteen children, Judge McDougal grew up in the Town of Savannah, Tennessee, to which place the family removed in 1871. With the exception of one year spent in the Vanderbilt University at Nashville, he acquired his education at Savannah, first in the public schools and later became a student of law. He was admitted to the bar in 1886, and for eleven years practiced at Selmer, Tennessee. Returning to Savannah in 1896 he remained there in the enjoyment of a large and profitable clientage until 1903, in which year he became a permanent resident of Sapulpa. At that time Sapulpa had a population of only 2,o00, and was a town of possibilities rather than actualities. While building up a practice as a lawyer, Judge McDougal has kept himself constantly alert in behalf of the general advantages and advancement of his home city. His administration as mayor of Sapulpa from May, 1909, to October, 1910, is well remembered and stands to his credit. While mayor he took an active part in the campaign to secure a commission form of government and thus served as the last mayor under the old regime. He is well known in the democratic party in Eastern Oklahoma and served as a presidential elector in 1908. For several years he was president of the Sapulpa Commercial Club, and while in that office, and always as a member, has done much to secure new factories for the town. Judge McDougal has some interest in Oklahoma oil fields, and derives some revenues from royalties.
He is a trustee of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South, is a member of the Masonic Order and the Knights of Pythias, and belongs to the County, State and American Bar associations. He is one of the three Oklahoma members on the commission on Uniform State Laws.
On February 12, 1888, Judge McDougal married Miss Myrtle Archer, of Baldwin, Mississippi. Judge McDougal is properly proud of his three daughters. Myrtle A., the oldest, is now the wife of Hugh J. MacKay, and both are graduates of the School of Journalism at Columbia, Missouri, and still live there, where Mr. MacKay is manager for the University of Missouri Publications. Mary Carmack, the second daughter, is now at home, having graduated from the North Texas Female College at Sherman, while she and her younger sister were also students in the Oklahoma University at Norman. Violet A., the youngest, is now a student in the University of Missouri.
Mrs. McDougal has been one of the active leaders in women’s movements in Oklahoma, and was formerly president of the Indian Territory Federation of Women’s Clubs, and also served as president of the Oklahoma State Federation of Clubs from November, 1911, to November, 1913. Though Judge McDougal did not become a resident of Oklahoma until 1903, he was a participant in some of the earlier land openings here. In 1893 he was at the opening of the Cherokee Strip, and slept on the bare ground at Perry on the night after the opening. In 1901 he was also at the Kiowa and Comanche opening.