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Louis Price Henderson. The Pottawatomie County Democrat at Tecumseh, of which Louis Price Henderson is editor, is the leading paper in the county, and has a circulation greater than that of any two other papers. It is read in the home of nearly every intelligent family in Pottawatomie County, and also circulates and exerts its influence over a number of surrounding counties.
The Henderson family, father and son, have been closely identified with the press and public life of Pottawatomie County for a number of years. The proprietor of the County Democrat is M. M. Henderson, father of the editor, Louis P. The elder was born in Hamilton County, Tennessee, in 1861, and was of Scotch-Irish descent. Some of the Hendersons were pioneers in Tennessee back about the time of the Revolutionary war. M. M. Henderson was reared and educated in his native county of Tennessee, married there, and for several years was engaged in the shoe and other mercantile lines of trade. In 1901 he removed to Tecumseh, Oklahoma, and was among the early settlers there. He founded the Tecumseh Standard, a newspaper which was characterized by progressive policies and up-to-date management, but in May, 1909, when he bought the Pottawatomie County Democrat the Standard was discontinued. M. M. Henderson is a very active democrat in politics, and on February 13, 1915, he was appointed postmaster of Tecumseh. Since April 6, 1915, he has been engaged in his official duties, and most of the responsibilities of the newspaper have been resigned to his son, Louis P. The elder Mr. Henderson served as secretary of the State Banking Board under Governor Haskell, and was also formerly a member of the board of regents for the University Preparatory School at Tonkawa and at Claremore. Since identifying himself with Tecumseh he has also served as a member of the city council and has put himself on record many times for enterprises and movements involving the improvement and the best welfare of that community. He is a deacon in the Presbyterian Church and was formerly affiliated with the Independent Order of Odd Fellows and the Knights of Pythias.
M. M. Henderson married Miss Emma Ragsdale. She was born at Chattanooga, Tennessee, September 20, 1808, a daughter of B. F. Ragsdale, who died at Chattanooga in 1878, when in the prime of his years. Mr. Ragsdale was a general passenger agent for one of the main railway lines centered at Chattanooga. To the marriage of M. M. Henderson and wife were born two children: Louis P., and Mary Jane, who is the wife of E. M. Newell, proprietor of a general store at Tecumseh.
Louis Price Henderson was born while his parents lived in Chattanooga, Tennessee, on August 5, 1888. He lived there until he was about fourteen years of age, and in the meantime attended the public schools of the City of Chattanooga and breathed in some of the atmosphere of the progressive movement which was inaugurated in that Southern city during the years of his boyhood. After the family removed to Oklahoma he began learning the printing trade in his father’s office, first with the Standard and then with the County Democrat. He developed much proficiency in all departments of the printing trade and newspaper work and was his father’s right hand man until April 6, 1915, since which time he has been in active charge of the editorial management of the paper.
In politics he is a democrat, is a member of the Presbyterian Church, and also a member of the International Typographical Union. In November, 1909, at Tecumseh, he married Miss Elma Copeland, daughter of T. N. Copeland, a well known Tecumseh merchant. To their marriage has been born one daughter, Mary Louise, whose birthday was May 19, 1915.