John Benton Dudley. With the qualifications of a
lawyer of sound learning and long and successful experience, the
appointment of John Benton Dudley to the Supreme Court Commission in
April, 1915, by Governor Williams was regarded with peculiar
satisfaction by all interested in the workings of that commission and
not alone by the republican party, of which Mr. Dudley is the only
representative on the commission, He has been in practice at Norman
for fifteen years, and stands high among the bar of the entire state.
He is now chairman of the executive council of the Oklahoma State Bar
Association, and is a member of the Cleveland County and the American
A native of
Tennessee, he was born at Lobelville December 20, 1877.
The Dudley family came from Scotland and located in North Carolina
during colonial days. George W. Dudley, his father, was born in North
Carolina in 1847, grew up and married in that state, and shortly
after his marriage moved to Tennessee, where he became a farmer and
stock raiser and died at Lobelville in 1888. He was an active member
of the Christian church and in politics a democrat. The maiden name
of his wife was Charlotte Greer, who was born in Tennessee in 1853
and died in that state in 1890. Their children were: Ida, who died
unmarried at the age of twenty; W. H. Dudley, a farmer at Lobelville;
John Benton; W. S. Dudley, a farmer at Lobelville; Ada, wife of Clint
Shepard, a farmer at Lobelville; George M., who is in the railroad
shops at Amarillo, Texas.
John Benton Dudley
was only ten years of age when he lost his father and shortly
afterwards was made an orphan by the death of his mother. He grew up
in his native section of Tennessee, and after finishing a high school
course at Lobelville paid his way by teaching for about four years in
his native state. In 1896 he was graduated Bachelor of Science from
the State Normal School at Dickson, Tennessee, and thus continued his
work in educational lines for one year. Entering the Southern College
of Law at Nashville, he gained his degree LL. B. in 1900.
In 1901 Mr. Dudley
came West and established his home and practice at Norman, Oklahoma,
and bis law offices are now in the Walsh Building at Norman.
For three years,
1903-05, Mr. Dudley served as city attorney of Norman. He was a
member of the Norman School Board five years, and has considerable
business interests, being a director of
the First National Bank of Noble and a stockholder in the First
National Bank of Norman. Fraternally he is affiliated with Purcell
Lodge No. 1260, Benevolent and Protective Order Elks, with Norman
Lodge No. 38, American Free and Accepted Masons, with Norman Chapter
24, R. A. M, with Norman Commandery No. 38, Knights Templar, with
India Temple of Nobles of the Mystic Shrine at Oklahoma City, and has
taken fourteen degrees in the Scottish Rite in the Valley of Guthrie
Consistory No. 1. He also belongs to Norman Lodge No. 7 of the
Independent Order of Odd Fellows.
In December, 1905,
at Norman Mr. Dudley married Miss Maud Wingate. Her father was the
late W. W. Wingate, a miller and grain dealer. They are the parents
of two children: Paul, born December 11, 1907; and J. B. Jr., born
November 16, 1911.