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Mabel Luella Bourne Bassett
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Birth: Aug. 16, 1875
Cook County
Illinois, USA
Death: Aug. 2, 1953
Logan County
Oklahoma, USA

Humanitarian. She served as Oklahoma's third commissioner of charities and corrections for six consecutive terms from 1923 until 1947. In 1910 she had organized one of the state's first humane organizations, the Creek County Humane Society. Among her great accomplishments for Oklahoma, she fought for the statute, making wife and child desertion a felony enacted by the Eighth Legislature. She was the first to promote the establishment of a State Pardon and Parole Board. As commissioner, she worked to promote fair living conditions and opportunities for the state's inmates, which included bills requesting a new building for woman prisoners at McAlester Prison and the removal of delinquent African American boys from the penitentiary to a more suitable home in Boley Oklahoma. She recommended and pushed through the completion a building for women prisoners at the State Penitentiary at McAlester Prison. She raised the standards of every institution in the state of Oklahoma, whether orphanage, mental institution, or penal and correctional institutions. She held offices in or was a member of the following organizations: Vice President of the American Prison Association; member of the Police Officer's Association; Big Sisters Organization; Women's Auxiliary of the International Railroad Conductors Union, Farmer's Union, and many Labor organizations. In addition, she was affiliated with Eastern Star, the Ruth Bryan Owen Club, Jeffersonian Club, Women's Democratic Council, and Daughters of Democracy. For her Red Cross work during World War I, she was awarded the highest honor in the state of Oklahoma by the National Red Cross, a service medal for dedicated Red Cross work. The club women of Oklahoma recognized her usefulness by appointing her to the Fourth District Legislative Committee of the State Federation of Women's Clubs. For her outstanding services for the betterment of mankind, she was inducted into Oklahoma's Hall of Fame by the Oklahoma Memorial Association, on Statehood Day, November 16, 1937. When she died in 1953, acting Gov. James E. Berry ordered that her body lie in state at Oklahoma State Capitol Blue Room so the public could mourn her passing. On November 10, 1977, the Women's Treatment Facility was renamed Mabel Bassett Correctional Center, honoring Mabel Bourne Bassett. 
Memorial Park Cemetery
Oklahoma City
Oklahoma County
Oklahoma, USA
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Record added: Feb 16, 2010
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Mabel Luella <i>Bourne</i> Bassett
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Mabel Luella <i>Bourne</i> Bassett
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