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Near Canute in Washita County, Oklahoma — The American South (West South Central)
 

David Lee Walters

 
 
David Lee Walters Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mark Hilton, June 26, 2018
1. David Lee Walters Marker
Inscription.  David Lee Walters, 24th Governor of Oklahoma and first Governor from Western Oklahoma, was born in Canute on Nov. 20. 1951. Raised on a nearby farm, he attended schools in Canute and graduated from Canute High School as Valedictorian in 1969. He earned degrees in engineering and business at the University of Oklahoma and Harvard University.

From 1977 through 1982 Walters held management positions at OU and the OU Health Sciences Center. He later served as President of two real-estate companies in Oklahoma City. Continuing his public service as Chair of the Oklahoma Human Services Commission and Co-chair of Governor George Nigh's Commission on the reform of state government. Following an unsuccessful bid for the office in 1986, he was elected Governor in 1990 carrying 75 of Oklahoma's 77 counties. During his term he increased public education funding 30 percent, reformed workers compensation laws, won passage of $350 million bond issue for higher Education and produced a 10-year record in creating new jobs for Oklahomans, all with no tax increase.
 
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Society, Oklahoma Department of Transportation. (Marker Number 217.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: EducationIndustry & CommerceScience & Medicine. In addition, it is included in the Oklahoma Historical Society series list. A significant historical date for this entry is October 20, 1951.
 
Location. 35° 25.306′ N, 99° 16.287′ W. Marker is near Canute, Oklahoma, in Washita County. Marker is on Old U.S. 66, 0.3 miles east of County Road N2080, in the median. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Canute OK 73626, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 10 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Canute (here, next to this marker); St. Francis Church (here, next to this marker); Great Western Cattle Trail (here, next to this marker); Canute Centennial (here, next to this marker); Commotion (approx. 9.3 miles away); 1950's Model Train Replica of Elk City's Downtown District (approx. 9.3 miles away); The Anadarko Basin (approx. 9.3 miles away); Rock Bluff School (approx. 9.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Canute.
 
Also see . . .
1. Oklahoma Historical Society article on David Lee Walters. (Submitted on July 15, 2018, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
2. Wikipedia article on David Lee Walters. (Submitted on July 15, 2018, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
David Lee Walters Marker is in the middle of the 5 markers. image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mark Hilton, June 26, 2018
2. David Lee Walters Marker is in the middle of the 5 markers.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 3, 2019. It was originally submitted on July 15, 2018, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 225 times since then and 6 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on July 15, 2018, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.

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