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Homer N. Boardman. Whoever, associating the name of Homer N. Boardman with high attainments in law and jurisprudence, should deem the possessor of the name only a thoroughly learned and eminently successful member of his profession, would greatly underestimate the qualities of enterprise, business talent, financial ability and initiative which have gained him a position among the substantial business men of Oklahoma City. Appointed United States attorney when but thirty-three years of age, he has not alone continued to hold a distinguished position in the law, but has been a strong and recognized influence in polities, and a stirring factor in the oil, gas, iron and land industries in the state.
Mr. Boardman was born in Jones County, Iowa, December 17, 1878, and is a son of Homer C. and Emma (Jacobsen) Boardman. His father, a native of Vermont, migrated to Iowa immediately after the close of the Civil war and there was successful in building up a large wholesale produce business, being also prominently identified with the republican party and serving as state senator from his district. He is now retired from life’s activities and is living quietly with Mrs. Boardman at their homo at Los Angeles, California.
Homer N. Boardman began his education in the public schools, and after his graduation from the Nevada (Iowa) High School entered the Iowa State College, Ames, Iowa. He took his legal course at the University of Iowa, Iowa City, where he was graduated in 1900, with the degree of Bachelor of Laws, and immediately entered upon the practice of his profession at Garner, Iowa, there continuing two years. On coming to Oklahoma, in 1902, he settled in Blaine County, where he was successful in building up a representative professional business, and in the meantime interested himself actively in republican politics. In 1907 he was elected county attorney of Blaine County, as the first incumbent of that position under the new statehood, his term being from October 10, 1907, until January, 1910, but in August, 1909, resigned his position to take charge of the campaign of Dick T. Morgan, republican nominee for Congress, whose election he succeeded in securing. He was only thirty-three years of age when he was appointed by President Taft to the office of United States attorney for the Western District of Oklahoma, and has the distinction of being the youngest man ever appointed to such a position. Owing to a change in the administration, he served only from July, 1912, until November, 1913, and during this period removed the office of United States attorney from Guthrie to Oklahoma City. At the time of the close of his term of office, Mr. Boardman returned to private practice, and October 1, 1914, formed a partnership with Alexander Marshall, formerly of Duluth, Minnesota, under the firm name of Marshall & Boardman. This has already become known as one of the strong combinations in the law, and a general practice is carried on in all the courts. The offices of the firm are located at 714-15 Colcord Building, Oklahoma City. For a number of years Mr. Boardman has had large interests in oil, gas and iron, in various parts of Nevada, Minnesota and Oklahoma, and in the farm loan business at Oklahoma City, and his excellent business talents have been recognized by his election to various official positions in the companies with which he is identified, he being at this time president of the Equitable Oil and Gas Company of Reno, Nevada, the Soudan Oil and Gas Company, of Oklahoma City, and the Letha Oil and Gas Company, of Sapulpa, Oklahoma, and a director of the Onahman Iron Company, of Duluth, Minnesota. His fraternal connections are numerous, including membership in the Masons, the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, the Knights of Pythias and the Phi Kappa Psi fraternity, and he is also a member of the Oklahoma City Golf and Country Club, and the Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce. He is ’well known in social circles, and has numerous friends both in business and in his profession.
Mr. Boardman was married November 1, 1900, to Miss Susan E. Dakin, daughter of M. C. Dakin, of Marshall County, Iowa, one of the pioneers of Central Iowa, and later one of that state’s heaviest landholders. Mr. and Mrs. Boardman have one son, Dakin, born in 1902. The family home at Oklahoma City is a handsome one and is located at No. 605 West Seventeenth Street.