Owen, Robert Latham

Owen, Robert Latham

(1856–1947) U.S. senator; born in Lynchburg, Va. Part Cherokee (through his mother), he was active in tribal affairs in Indian Territory both before and after he became a lawyer (1880). He played a major role in the act of Congress that gave U.S. citizenship to the Native Americans in Indian Territory. As soon as Oklahoma became a state, he was elected to the U.S. Senate (Dem., 1907–25). As a senator he was identified with liberal causes, particularly with progressive labor legislation.
The Cambridge Dictionary of American Biography, by John S. Bowman. Copyright © Cambridge University Press 1995. Reproduced with permission.