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 Earl Boyd Pierce

Earl Boyd Pierce

Birth
Oklahoma, USA
Death 9 Feb 1983 (aged 79)
Burial Muskogee, Muskogee County, Oklahoma, USA
Plot 124 001 021
Memorial ID 19528559 · View Source
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Born in Ft. Gibson, CN, IT, the son of James Madison Pierce & Nancy Jane Anderson (both buried at this cem.); *see his father's gravesite for his siblings.

He married in 1923, Ruth E. Clark (buried at this cem.); they had one daughter, Norma Jo who married Dr. Harry Shytles Jr. and had 3 children.

He attended Stauton Military Academy in VA and graduated from Ft. Gibson HS in 1922. He enrolled at OU in 1922 and began preparation to enter the Law School there; however, the following year he married Ruth and left school and moved into a home on his Indian Allotment near the present-day Western Hills Lodge on Ft. Gibson Lake. After one disastrous year as a farmer, he sold the farm and returned to OU where he graduated in 1928.

He then opened a law office in Muskogee; he was Muskogee's assistant county attorney form 1931-33, attorney for the Nat. Recovery Admin. for one year, an attorney in the Dept. of Interior and Justice in Washington, DC from 1934-36, working primarily on Indian Affairs.

He then returned to Muskogee where he was in private practice and served as City Attorney for Muskogee from 1936-1938. During WWII, he was an expeditor for the War Dept., then he returned to Muskogee and his private practice.

He then became attorney ofr the Cherokee Tribe and began his efforts to seek compensation for the Nation's losses. After his retirement, he devoted most of his time to helping members of the Cherokee Nation, and served as executive director of the AR River Valley Authority, and was director of the Cherokee Youth Program.

He also co-wrote a book on Cherokee History.



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  • Added: 25 May 2007
  • Find A Grave Memorial 19528559
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Earl Boyd Pierce (29 Jan 1904–9 Feb 1983), Find A Grave Memorial no. 19528559, citing Greenhill Cemetery, Muskogee, Muskogee County, Oklahoma, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave (contributor 8) .