Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives
CHANDLER, Thomas Alberter (1871-1953)

CHANDLER, THOMAS ALBERTER, a Representative from Oklahoma; born near Eucha, Delaware County, Indian Territory (now Oklahoma), July 26, 1871; attended the public schools, Worcester Academy, Vinita, Indian Territory, in 1888, and, later, Drury College, Springfield, Mo.; appointed a Cherokee revenue collector in 1891; Cherokee town-site commissioner 1895-1898; United States deputy clerk of the court for the northern district of Indian Territory 1900-1907; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1907 and commenced practice in Vinita, Indian Territory; delegate to the Republican National Convention in 1908; member of the first Board of Public Affairs for the State of Oklahoma in 1909 and 1910; resumed the practice of law; also engaged in the production of oil, in agricultural pursuits, and in the real-estate business; elected as a Republican to the Sixty-fifth Congress (March 4, 1917-March 3, 1919); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1918 to the Sixty-sixth Congress; elected to the Sixty-seventh Congress (March 4, 1921-March 3, 1923); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1922 to the Sixty-eighth Congress; resumed the practice of law; died in Vinita, Okla., June 22, 1953; interment in Fairview Cemetery.

University of Oklahoma
Carl Albert Center Congressional Archives
Norman, OK
Papers: 1917-1937, 0.25 cubic foot.
The Thomas Alberter Chandler Collection contains constituent correspondence. A finding aid is available in the repository and online:

  • Davenport, James Sanford. Contested-election case of James S. Davenport v. T. A. Chandler. Washington: Government Printing Office, 1918.