Edgar S. Vaught

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Edgar S. Vaught

Edgar S. Vaught

“I desire to express to you the appreciation of the American people for the many years you have served as a member of the Federal Judiciary. Your continuance on active duty for so long after you earned the right to retire is indication of your outstanding devotion to the public interest.”
U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower, 1956


Born in Virginia in 1873, Edgar Sullins Vaught moved with his family to Tennessee in 1888 and graduated from Carson and Newman College (now Carson-Newman University) in 1899. He served as superintendent of schools in the area until 1901, when he applied and was accepted as principal of Oklahoma City’s Irving High School. He then became superintendent of Oklahoma City public schools in 1902. He was admitted to the Oklahoma Territorial Bar in 1905 and went into private practice. He was a delegate to the Republican National Convention in 1924. In 1928 U.S. President Calvin Coolidge appointed Vaught as district judge of the Western District of Oklahoma, and he served in that role until his retirement in 1956. Active in civic and church affairs throughout his life, Judge Vaught was honored by St. Luke’s United Methodist Church in Oklahoma City in 1959 when he was named St. Luke’s Man of the Half Century.

Fun fact

Judge Edgar Vaught was a member of the commission that arranged the Oklahoma exhibit at the World’s Fair in St. Louis in 1903 and 1904.

Oklahoma connections

Vaught came to Oklahoma City as a high school principal in 1901.


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