Martha Griffin White

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Martha Griffin White

Martha Griffin White

“It makes me feel fortunate that I married John and lived a part of history.”
Martha Griffin White, 1991


Oklahoma native Martha Watson Griffin White graduated from Okmulgee High School, attended Monticello College in Illinois, and graduated from the University of Oklahoma. She married John T. Griffin of Muskogee in 1959, and upon his death assumed leadership of the family’s Griffin Television and Griffin Food Company. Mrs. Griffin served on the board of directors of OG&E, the Oklahoma Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and the OU Foundation Board. She received the Pioneer Woman Award in Ponca City in 1988 and was the driving force behind the success of the Five Civilized Tribes Museum. She was also the manager of the Watson Ranch and was elected to the American Cattle Breeders Hall of Fame.

Fun fact

Martha Griffin White received the prestigious Governor’s Arts Award in 1984, and in 1985 Governor Bellmon appointed her to the first State Arts Council.

Oklahoma connections

White was born in Okmulgee, Oklahoma.




Business Executive/Civic Leader




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