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Olis L. Price. One of the well fortified and representative lawyers of the younger generation in Oklahoma City and now serving as judge of the Municipal Court, Mr. Price has shown marked ability and discrimination in the handling of the affairs of his court, which is one of very important order in connection with the ordering of governmental and general civic affairs, for the minor causes presented in such tribunals often touch more closely the specific social welfare of the community than do those offered for adjudication in the higher courts.
Judge Olis LeRoy Price was born at Benton, the judicial center of Marshall County, Kentucky, on the 15th of September, 1880, and is a son of John P. and Elizabeth Gertrude (McLeod) Price, the former a native of Missouri and the latter of Kentucky. Judge Price was afforded the advantages of the public schools of the beautiful and historic little City of Bowling Green, Kentucky, and in preparation for his chosen profession he entered Cumberland University, at Lebanon, Tennessee, in the law department of which admirable institution he was graduated in 1906, with the degree of Bachelor of Laws. Immediately after his graduation he came to Oklahoma and established his residence in Oklahoma City, where he engaged in the practice of his profession and where he thus became a member of the bar of the new state, as Oklahoma was admitted to the Union in the following year. For a time he was associated in practice with D. B. Welty, and his ambitious efforts in his profession brought in their train a success and prestige that gained him strong vantage place in popular confidence and esteem, so that when the commission form of municipal government was adopted in Oklahoma, in 1911, he was recognized as a most eligible and logical candidate for the office of judge of the Municipal Court, to which position he was elected by the city commissioners in that year and of which he has since continued the efficient and valued incumbent. In the handling of the multifarious cases that have been presented before him he has manifested true judicial ability and also that humaneness and abiding sympathy which cause him to temper justice with mercy without sacrificing the principles of equity and of law and order. Concerning him the following statements have been made by one who knows him well and is able to place a true estimate: “Judge Price is blessed with a sunny, optimistic and buoyant disposition,–a temperament that makes for subjective happiness and that promotes the happiness of others. No matter what may be the conflicting purposes or motives of those about him, he maintains a gracious equipoise, is genial, considerate and courteous, with the result that he soon proves to all that he is master of himself and worthy of the respect and confidence of those with whom he comes in contact in the varied relations of life. Such attributes make him specially strong and resourceful in the judicial office in which he is serving.”
Judge Price is actively identified with the Oklahoma State Bar Association, is affiliated with the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, and both he and his wife are members of the Baptist Church.
At Mayfield, Kentucky, on the 27th of June, 1911, Judge Price wedded Miss Myra Davis, daughter of Robert T. and Sarah Elizabeth Davis, well known citizens of that place. Judge and Mrs. Price have one daughter, Sarah Elizabeth.