Hon. William E. Long. The
representative from Wagoner County in the Oklahoma Legislature of
1915-16 is one of the interesting personalities of the legislative
body and is a native Oklahoman, descended from one of the early
Cherokee families in the eastern part of the state.
He was elected to
the State Legislature from Wagoner County in 1914, and served in both
the regular session of 1915 and the special session of 1916. One fact
of his legislative record that deserves special mention is that he
was author of the resolution appointing a committee to investigate A.
P. Watson, corporation commissioner, after charges has been preferred
against the commissioner. This resolution was adopted by unanimous
vote. Mr. Long also served on a number of important committees,
including banks and banking, and was a member of the inauguration
committee when Governor R. L. Williams was installed in the executive
chair in 1915.
was born at Webbers Falls in Old Indian Territory, October 13, 1886.
His father was William P. Sheppard, who was a native of the Cherokee
Nation and died in 1889, when his son was in infancy. He was quite
active in Cherokee affairs and at the time of his death was a member
of the old Cherokee Council. He was a one-eighth Cherokee, while the
mother of Representative Long was a native of Tennessee and of Irish
stock. He maiden name was Mattie F. James, and after the death of her
first husband she married James E. Long, and her son, was legally
adopted, hence the chance in his name. James E. Long was born in
Texas in 1859, but has been a resident of Oklahoma for the past
twenty years, and is now a well known farmer in Wagoner County. Since
statehood he served four years in the office of sheriff of Wagoner
County. Mr. and Mrs. James E. Long also have a daughter Sallie, who
is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma, and is now instructor of
English in the high school at Durant.
William E. Long
received his early education in the Cherokee schools and also
attended the university at Fort Smith, Arkansas. After graduating he
had his first practical experience as bookkeeper for a mercantile
house at Wagoner, but since then has been active in the real estate
He early took much
interest in democratic politics and prior to his election as
representative served as city assessor of Wagoner and was a delegate
to several county and state conventions.
Fraternally he is
affiliated with the Independent Order of Odd Fellows. On September
12, 1912, at Wagoner he married Miss Hattie A. Kuykendall, who was
born in Arkansas in 1890. Mrs. Long is a graduate of the Cherokee
Normal at Tahlequah. To their marriage has been born one child,
Hattie Ernestine, born September 30, 1913.