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Joseph C. Pringey Collection

Identifier: CAC-CC-046
This collection consists of .3 cubic feet of material and spans the period 1900-1935. This small collection consists primarily of invitations to various social events which Congressman and Mrs. Pringey attended in Washington, D.C. There are a few pieces of correspondence. In addition, there is a book on the 1900 Republican National Convention.


  • 1900-1935
  • Majority of material found in 1920-1929

Language of Materials


Conditions Governing Use:

The University of Oklahoma asserts no claim of copyright over photographs in this collection taken by private citizens. Any publication of such photographs requires the consent of the copyright holder.


.42 Linear Feet (1 container)

Biographical Information:

Joseph Colburn Pringey was born in Somerset, Somerset County, Pennsylvania, on May 22, 1858. Reared on a farm, Pringey later lived in Iowa and Missouri. In 1891, he participated in the land run which opened the Sac and Fox country in Indian Territory. He homesteaded a farm near Kendrick, Oklahoma. Pringey served in the Senate of the Oklahoma Territory, was a delegate to the 1900 Republican National Convention, and was a member of the board of regents of the University of Oklahoma. Engaged in farming, he also was a postmaster in Kendrick and Chandler, Oklahoma. From 1912-1920, he served as the county clerk of Lincoln County, Oklahoma.

In 1920, Pringey was elected as a Republican to the U.S. House of Representatives and represented the Fourth District. He served but one term as he was defeated by Thomas D. McKeown in the election of 1922. While in Congress, Pringey secured the Chandler post office building, the rifle range west of Chandler, and the federal building in Shawnee, Oklahoma.

Following his term in Congress, Pringey returned to Chandler and resumed his agricultural pursuits. He died on February 11, 1935, and was interred in Oak Park Cemetery.

Arrangement of Materials:

This collection is arranged into 2 series. The Manuscripts series is arranged alphabetically by material type then chronologically by year and month. The Photographs series is arranged into groups by content or event.
Guide to the Joseph C. Pringey Collection

Repository Details

Part of the Carl Albert Center Congressional and Political Collections Repository

630 Parrington Oval
Room 202B
Norman Oklahoma 73109 United States