Daniel H. Linebaugh. The prestige of Mr. Linebaugh as one of the representative members of the Oklahoma bar is certified by his incumbency of the important office of United States district attorney for the Eastern district of the state, and he is also a prominent and influential factor in the councils and activities of the democratic party in this vigorous young commonwealth, within whose borders he has maintained his residence since 1898, the year that marked his arrival in Indian Territory. He now has his home and official headquarters in the City of Muskogee, the judicial center of the county of the same name and the metropolis of Eastern Oklahoma. Mr. Linebaugh became dependent upon his own resources when a mere lad, and his advancement has been made through personal ability and effort, so that his success and precedence are the more gratifying to note, as every loyal American pays tribute to the man who is the architect of his own fortunes.
Daniel Haden Linebaugh was born at Camden, Ouachita County, Arkansas, on the 4th of November, 1878, and he was three years of age at the time of the family removal to the present thriving City of Temple, Bell County, Texas. He is a son of Rev. Daniel Haden Linebaugh and Margaret Elizabeth (Sweets) Linebaugh, the former of whom was born in Greene County, Tennessee, but reared in Kentucky, in which latter state his wife was born and reared. Rev. Daniel H. Linebaugh served for the long period of fifty-seven years, and with all of consecrated zeal and devotion, as a clergyman of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South, and he was seventy-four years of age at the time of his death. His initial service in the ministry was given in the State of Kentucky, where his marriage was solemnized, and about fifteen years after this important event in his career he removed with his family to Arkansas. There he continued his earnest ministerial labors until 1881, when he assumed a pastoral charge at Temple, Texas, in which state he continued his residence until he was well advanced in years, when he came to Indian Territory and joined his older son, John H., who was engaged in the practice of law at Atoka, judicial center of the present Oklahoma County of the same name. At Atoka this venerable and honored clergyman passed the remainder of his life and his sons still look upon that city as their home, though the official duties of Daniel H. have caused him to establish his residence in Muskogee. The devoted wife and mother died at Atoka, when about 69 years of age.
He whose name initiates this review attended the public schools of Temple, Texas, until he was thirteen years of age, when he found employment as office boy in a wholesale grocery establishment in that city. With this concern he remained until he had attained to the age of nineteen years, and through effective service he won promotion through various grades until he became a traveling salesman for the firm. At the age noted he came to Indian Territory and joined his venerable father and his older brother at Atoka.
At Atoka the subject of this review accepted a position in a general merchandise establishment, and while thus engaged he gave his evenings to the study of law, under the effective preceptorship of his afflicted brother. In February, 1901, he was admitted to the bar and forthwith became associated with his brother in active general practice at Atoka. From that time forward his advancement has been substantial and consecutive and he has proved himself specially versatile and resourceful as a trial lawyer, so that he is admirably fortified for the exacting office of which he is now the incumbent.
In the early period of his law practice Mr. Linebaugh became an active worker in behalf of the cause of the democratic party, and he is now one of its leaders in the State of Oklahoma. Since 1900 he has been a delegate to every democratic convention held in Atoka County, as has he also to each of the party’s conventions for the congressional district in which he is a resident, and to every Oklahoma Democratic State Convention, as well as to previous territorial conventions. At the National Democratic Convention held in the City of Denver, Colorado, Mr. Linebaugh had the distinction of serving as secretary of the credential committee, and he was chairman of the Oklahoma State Democratic Convention that nominated delegates to the national convention of 1912, in the City of Baltimore, Maryland. From the beginning he was a staunch supporter of the candidacy of Woodrow Wilson, the present able and distinguished President of the United States. In June, 1913, there came to Mr. Linebaugh well merited recognition of professional ability and effective service to his party, in his appointment, by President Wilson, to the office of United States district attorney for the eastern district of Oklahoma, and his able administration has fully justified the preferment thus accorded to him.
From the time of his early boyhood Mr. Linebaugh has held membership in the Methodist Episcopal Church, South, and in addition to being at the present time an official member of the church at Atoka he has served for the past decade as a delegate to every annual conference of the church of this denomination in Oklahoma, besides which he was a delegate to the General Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South, in 1910, at Asheville, North Carolina, and at Oklahoma City in 1914, where he was made a member and chairman of the special conference committee on Vanderbilt University, the great institution maintained under church auspices in the City of Nashville, Tennessee.
Through mental receptiveness and close application Mr. Linebaugh has become a man of high intellectual and professional attainments, and his sterling attributes of character have gained to him unqualified popular esteem. In the Masonic fraternity he has attained to the maximum affiliation of the York Rite, as a member of the Atoka Commandery of Knights Templar, and has received also the thirty-second degree of the Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite, besides which he is identified with the adjunct organization, the Ancient Arabic Order of the Nobles of the Mystic Shrine. In 1905-6 Mr. Linebaugh was grand chancellor of the Indian Territory Grand Lodge of the Knights of Pythias, and since 1907 he has been the supreme representative of the Oklahoma Grand Lodge in the Supreme Lodge of the Knights of Pythias. He is affiliated also with the Woodmen of the World.
On the 1st of June, 1904, was solemnized the marriage of Mr. Linebaugh to Miss Della McKinnon, of Colgate, the present county seat of Coal County, Oklahoma, and they have one child, Margaret Elizabeth.