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Gov. George Nigh

Gov. George Nigh was born in McAlester, Oklahoma, and was the son of Wilbur R. and Irene Crockett Nigh. In 1950, he graduated from East Central State College in Ada, Oklahoma. From 1951 to 1959, he alternated between service in the Oklahoma House of Representatives, and as a teacher in the McAlester public schools. During his tenure in the state legislature, he introduced legislation designating "Oklahoma!" as the state song. He served as lieutenant governor of Oklahoma from 1959 to 1963. Taking office at age 31, he became the youngest state lieutenant governor in the United States.

In 1963, Nigh was sworn in as the 17th governor of Oklahoma. In 1978, he was elected Oklahoma’s 22nd governor and was reelected four years later.

Gov. Nigh was inducted to the CareerTech Hall of Fame in 1990.

Last Modified on Jan 24, 2024
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