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Thomas Hiram Hubbard, postmaster of Cordell and a resident of the town since 1907, was born in Halifax County, Virginia, the ancestral home of the Hubbard family, on June 30, 1845. He is a son of Dr. H. C. and Ann Maria (Osborne) Hubbard, both now deceased.
Dr. H. C. Hubbard was born in Halifax County, Virginia, in 1804. In 1850 he left his native county and moved to Cumberland County and in these two counties he spent his entire life, with the exception of a two year period which he passed in Tennessee. He was a graduate of the Cincinnati Medical College, and his life was spent in the practice of medicine and surgery in Virginia. He was a whig in politics, a member of the Baptist Church and a Mason. He died in Cumberland County in 1872. His wife, Ann Maria Osborne, was of Virginia birth and parentage also. She died while on a visit to her old home in Buckingham County, Virginia, though her own home was then maintained in Cumberland County. She died in 1852 and Doctor Hubbard afterward married Sallie Swan, who survived him seven years. By his first marriage Doctor Hubbard had four children. John Milton, who died at the age of twenty-one years; William O., a farmer in Buckingham County; Thomas Hiram, the subject of this review; and Henry C., now deceased. By his second marriage Doctor Hubbard had a daughter Rosa, who married a Mr. Garland and is now a widow.
Thomas Hiram Hubbard attended the public schools in Cumberland County, Virginia, and in 1801 he was graduated from the high school of his home town. He promptly enlisted in Company “C,” Twenty-first Virginia Regiment of Volunteer Infantry, serving four years in the Confederate army, and seeing a great deal of the hottest fighting of the war during his service. He was wounded at Cedar Mountain, his injuries incapacitating him for duty for several months. He was in the Seven Days Battle around Richmond, at Malvern Hill, Kerntown, Winchester, and many other engagements in which his regiment participated. After he had recovered from injuries received at Cedar Mountain, young Hubbard was transferred to Stuarts Cavalry, Fitzhugh Lee’s Division of the Fourth Virginia Cavalry, Company “G,” and was mustered out a corporal at Farmsville.
The war over, Mr. Hubbard returned to Cumberland County, there to gather up the broken threads of life, and he farmed under the greatest difficulties until 1871, when he moved to Tallahatchie County, Mississippi, and there farmed for one year. He taught school in Coahoma County, Mississippi, for five years, after which he went to Helena, Arkansas, and engaged in the cotton planting business. He was ten years in that work, when ho gave it up, returned to Mississippi and resumed school-teaching. In 1902 he went to Memphis, in the Panhandle in Texas, and taught for one term, after which he came to Oklahoma. In July, 1905, he settled in Foss, Washita County, this state, and taught school in that place for two years. In 1907 Mr. Hubbard was elected county superintendent of education for Washita County, and moved into the county seat, Cordell, where he filled the office for 5½ years. On July 1, 1913, he became postmaster of Cordell, by appointment of President Wilson, and is giving splendid service in that office.
Mr. Hubbard is a democrat, as might be inferred, and is an elder in the Presbyterian Church, of which he has long been a member. Fraternally, he is associated with the Masons as a member of Cordell Lodge No. 127, Ancient Free and Accepted Masons.
On April 7, 1880, Mr. Hubbard was married in Brownsville, Tennessee, to Miss Julia Nixon, daughter of William C. Nixon, a merchant, now deceased. Three children have been born to them. Henry C. is assistant in the post office under his father. Margaret Louise married Dr. H. S. Andrews, and they live in Minden, Nebraska, where Doctor Andrews is engaged in practice. Annie died at the age of ten months.