Wade Hampton Kornegay

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Wade Hampton Kornegay

Wade Hampton Kornegay

“My philosophy of life is largely based on the Golden Rule and, that applied, industry is the foundation of genius and the main high road to success and, in the long run, honesty pays off best.”
Wade Hampton Kornegay, 1939


Wade Hampton Kornegay was born in North Carolina and graduated as valedictorian at Wake Forest College (now Wake Forest University) in 1884. He was a school teacher before beginning his law degree at the University of Virginia in 1889 and graduated from Vanderbilt University in 1890. He came to Vinita, Oklahoma, and established his law practice there in 1891, where he practiced until his death in 1939, with the exception of two years as a member of the Oklahoma Supreme Court. In 1906, he was elected to the Oklahoma Constitutional Convention and helped write the document which resulted in Oklahoma becoming a state.

Fun fact

Governor William H. “Alfalfa Bill’ Murray was a life-long friend of Wade Hampton Korengay. Governor Murray appointed Kornegay to the Supreme Court bench in 1931, and when Kornegay was laid to rest in 1939, Governor Murray was one of his pallbearers.

Oklahoma connections

Kornegay came to Vinita, Oklahoma, as a lawyer in 1891.









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