Dixie Gilmer

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William Franklin (Dixie) Gilmer
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Oklahoma's 1st district
In office
January 3, 1949 – January 3, 1951
Preceded by George Schwabe
Succeeded by George Schwabe
Member of the Oklahoma House of Representatives
In office
Personal details
Born June 7, 1901 (1901-06-07)
Mount Airy, North Carolina
Died June 9, 1954 (1954-06-10) (aged 53)
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Citizenship  United States
Political party Democratic Party
Spouse(s) Ellen McClure Gilmer



William Franklin (Dixie) Gilmer (June 7, 1901 – June 9, 1954) was an American politician and a U.S. Representative from Oklahoma.


Born in Mount Airy, North Carolina, Gilmer was the son of W. F. and Emma Prather Gilmer. He moved with his parents to Oklahoma, and attended the public schools of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. He served as a page in the House of Representatives from 1911 to 1919, and graduated from the law school of the University of Oklahoma in Norman in 1923. Admitted to the bar in 1923, he commenced the practice of law in Wetumka, Oklahoma, and also served as a police judge and mayor.[1]


Gilmer served as member of the State house of representatives in 1927. In 1928, he married Ellen McClure of Celeste, Texas, and they had no children.[2] He moved to Tulsa, Oklahoma, in 1929, and served as assistant county attorney of Tulsa County, Oklahoma from 1931 to 1933, as well as County attorney of Tulsa County 1936-1946.[3] He was an unsuccessful candidate for the Democratic nomination for Governor in 1946.

Elected as a Democrat to the Eighty-first Congress, Gilmer served from January 3, 1949 to January 3, 1951.[4] He was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1950 to the Eighty-second Congress, and the Governor appointed him State safety commissioner. He served in that capacity until his death.


Gilmer died in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma on June 9, 1954 (age 53 years, 2 days). He is interred at Memorial Park Cemetery in Oklahoma City.[5]


  1. "Dixie Gilmer". Oklahoma Historical Society. Retrieved 7 June 2013. 
  2. "Dixie Gilmer". Oklahoma Historical Society. Retrieved 7 June 2013. 
  3. "Dixie Gilmer". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved 7 June 2013. 
  4. "Dixie Gilmer". Govtrack US Congress. Retrieved 7 June 2013. 
  5. "Dixie Gilmer". The Political Graveyard. Retrieved 7 June 2013. 

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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
George Schwabe
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Oklahoma's 1st congressional district

Succeeded by
George Schwabe