The Election of May 1, 1889
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A slate of candidates supported by the Seminole Town and Improvement Company, including the temporary mayor William Couch, was elected at the polls on Wednesday, May 1.
At the mass meeting on April 27, after the compromise survey was adopted, a group of residents backing the Seminole Town and Improvement Company proposed the election of a temporary mayor. William L. Couch, the prominent Boomer and trustee of the Seminole Company was elected. Two days later he published a proclamation calling a general election for May 1 with two wards and polling places, one north and one south of Main Street.
When election day arrived, citizens confirmed Couch as mayor and chose a city council and other officials of a provisional government. With the advantage of an organization that nominated candidates, the Seminole Company and its backers were the overwhelming victors.
Many settlers didn't realize at the time that they were setting in motion policies that favored lot claims by illegal sooners, and the sale of lot certificates for the profit of a private business. A rival faction quickly emerged - known as Kickapoos - that
Top left: William L Couch was elected-temporary mayor on April 27 and confirmed as mayor in the election on May 1.
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Middle: This was the voting booth of the north ward, in a view looking north at Broadway and Main. Today this lot is occupied by a 35 story office tower. Oklahoma Images Collection, Metropolitan Library System of Oklahoma County
Erected 2018 by Oklahoma City Community Foundation, Wiggin Properties. (Marker Number 7.)
Location. 35° 28.053′ N, 97° 30.855′ W. Marker is in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, in Oklahoma County. Marker is on West Main Street, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Oklahoma City OK 73102, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Angelo C. Scott (a few steps from this marker); Settling the Conflicting Surveys (within shouting distance of this marker); The Citizens' Committee (within shouting distance of this marker); City Hall by Forfeiture (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); A Summer of Political Unrest
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Credits. This page was last revised on October 31, 2019. This page originally submitted on October 31, 2019, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 41 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on October 31, 2019, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.