Herbert M. Peck. A
representative member of the younger generation of the Oklahoma bar,
Mr. Peck is assistant United States attorney for the Western District
of Oklahoma with his official residence at Oklahoma City.
Mr. Peck claims the
historic Old Dominion State as the place of his. nativity. His
maternal ancestors were of the staunch Scotch-Irish element that
settled in Rockbridge County, Virginia, in the pioneer days. His
paternal ancestors were English, who likewise settled in the Valley
of Virginia at an early period. Mr. Peck’s kinsmen were found
enrolled in the Confederate ranks during the war between the states.
Herbert M. Peck was
born on a farm in Rockbridge County, Virginia, on the 5th of
November, 1879, and is a son of Hugh A. and Annie D. (McCormick)
Peck, both likewise natives of Virginia. The maternal grandfather of
Mr. Peck was a cousin of Leander McCormick, who attained to
world-wide fame as an inventor and manufacturer of agricultural
implements and machinery. The maternal grandmother of Mr. Peck was a
member of the well known McClintock family of Virginia, and in this
distaff line the subject of this review is likewise a descendant of
Gen. Caesar Rodney, of Maryland, one of the signers of the
Declaration of Independence, as well as a gallant soldier and officer
of the Continental forces in the War of the Revolution. Mr. Peck is a
member of that
noteworthy patriotic body, the Society of the Sons of the American
In his native state
Herbert M. Peck gained his rudimentary education and as a youth he
went to Wisconsin, where he continued his educational application in
the public schools and where he was finally graduated in the high
school in the City of Beaver Dam. Thereafter he devoted one year to
teaching school in that state, and he then entered Lawrence
University, in which he was graduated as a member of the class of
1904 and from which he received the degree of Bachelor of Arts. In
the fall of 1904 Mr. Peck became an instructor in the Wentworth
Military Academy, at Lexington, Missouri, where he remained two years
and by virtue of his association received commission as captain in
the Missouri National Guard.
In preparation for
his chosen profession Mr. Peck returned to his native state and
entered the law department of the historic old University of
Virginia, at Charlottesville, and in this institution he was
graduated in 1908, with the degree of Bachelor of Laws and with
virtually simultaneous admission to the bar. In the same year Mr.
Peck came to Oklahoma and established his residence in Oklahoma City,
where he has since continued in the general practice of law.
Mr. Peck is
identified with the American Bar Association, is a member of the
executive council of the Oklahoma State Bar Association, in the
affairs of which he is specially active, and is secretary of the
Oklahoma County Bar Association. From 1911 to 1913, inclusive, he was
assistant county attorney of Oklahoma County and from 1912 to 1914 he
served as attorney to the Board of Education of Oklahoma City. In
1914 he received the democratic nomination for the office of county
attorney of Oklahoma County, but was defeated in the election of
November of that year by sixty-two votes out of a total of 11,000
votes cast, after a very hard fought campaign. He is well fortified
in his political opinions and has been an active and effective
exponent of the principles and policies of the democratic party. Mr.
Peck is a member of the Men’s Dinner Club of his home city, and is
affiliated with three college fraternities–the honorary fraternity,
Delta Sigma Rho, the Phi Delta Theta and the legal fraternity of Phi
Delta Phi, of that national organization which he was an officer for
two years, 1911-12.
On the 26th of
October, 1910, was solemnized the marriage of Mr. Peck to Miss
Frances McCoy Sawyer, daughter of Thomas O. and Rena (Page) Sawyer,
of Lexington, Missouri. Mrs. Peck’s paternal grandfather. Judge
Samuel L. Sawyer, not only served with marked distinction on the
bench of the Circuit Court of Missouri, but also represented his
district, that of Lexington, Missouri, as a member
of the United States Congress. Mr. and Mrs. Peck have two daughters.
Page and Prances, and the family home is an attractive residence at
612 West Thirty-second Street.