Owen, Thomas H.

District: 1
Hometown: Muskogee, Oklahoma; Muskogee County
Birthplace: Jasper, Arkansas
Spouse: Louise Hall Parker Owen
Children: Davis Owen; Mrs. Jessica Coates

Thomas Henry Owen came to Muskogee, Indian Territory, in 1896. In 1901 he was associated with the firm of Soper & Huckleberry in Muskogee. He also became the city attorney for Muskogee. Owen’s first wife was Beulah Davis of Muskogee. They were married in 1898 and she died in 1907. He married again in 1916 to Louise Hall Parker, the daughter of a pioneer Vinita cattleman.

Owen was Charles Haskell ‘s political manager. He was appointed to the Court of Criminal Appeals by Governor Haskell in June, 1909 to fill the position vacated by H.G. Baker but resigned on March 31, 1910, before the first two year term was over. He was then county attorney for Muskogee in 1911-12. At the Democratic National Convention in Baltimore in 1912, Owen played a dominant He later refused role in the nomination of Woodrow Wilson. appointment as ambassador to Japan.

Governor Robert L. Williams appointed Owen to the Oklahoma Supreme Court in 1917 and Chief Justice in 1919. He then resigned from the Supreme Court. He ran for governor in the Democratic primary of 1922. He was the (trustee) officer of the American National Bank until 1926 and then he conducted a private law practice. He was a member of Elks, Woodmen and A.O.U.W. lodges.