“Oklahoma did not start its career in 1907 as a State of contentment, but as a State of opportunity and progress.”
Ada attorney and Oklahoma Supreme Court Justice Orel Busby, born in Arkansas, was only a few months old when he came to Indian Territory with his parents in 1889. The family lived in Allen, then moved to Ada and Konawa before Busby left home to attend the University of Oklahoma for two years. He transferred to East Central Normal School at Ada (now East Central University), where he was a member of the school’s first graduating class. He taught in Seminole County and was serving as principal of the school at Konawa when he was elected the town’s mayor in 1910. He returned to OU and received his law degree there in 1914. He served as Pontotoc County judge (1916-1920), as district judge (1927-1932) and Supreme Court justice (1932-1937). Busby also was the president of the Oklahoma Heritage Association (now the Oklahoma Hall of Fame) and held extensive ranching interests near Ada, where he was a strong proponent of conservation and propagation of game.
Orel Busby was a student at the University of Oklahoma in 1911 when he organized a number of students into a Democratic Club and became its president, marking the very first meeting of the future League of Young Democrats in America. After he and several club members traveled to the Democratic State Convention in 1912, the organization was formally created and Orel Busby became its first president.
Busby came with his parents to Allen, Indian Territory, in 1889.