- Dewey F. Bartlett
This article is about the former Oklahoma governor. For his son, see Dewey F. Bartlett, Jr..
Dewey Follett Bartlett 19th Governor of Oklahoma In office
January 9, 1967 – January 11, 1971
Lieutenant George Nigh Preceded by Henry Bellmon Succeeded by David Hall United States Senator
January 3, 1973 – January 3, 1979
Preceded by Fred Roy Harris Succeeded by David L. Boren Personal details Born March 28, 1919
Died March 1, 1979(aged 59)
Resting place Calvary Cemetery Political party Republican Profession oilman Religion Roman Catholic Military service Service/branch United States Marine Corps Years of service 1942-1946 Battles/wars World War II
Dewey Follett Bartlett, Sr. (March 28, 1919 – March 1, 1979), a U.S. politician, served as the 19th Governor of Oklahoma from 1967 to 1971, following his same-party Republican predecessor, Henry Bellmon. State law at that time did not allow consecutive terms for governor. In 1966, he was elected governor after defeating the Democratic nominee, Preston Moore of Oklahoma City. He was defeated for reelection in 1970 by Tulsa attorney David Hall in the closest election in state history. He was elected to the United States Senate in 1972 and served one term.
He was born in Marietta, Ohio, and attended schools in Marietta and Lawrenceville, New Jersey. Following his graduation from Princeton University with a degree in geological engineering in 1942, he served in the United States Marine Corps during World War II. After the war, he moved to Tulsa, Oklahoma, and held various jobs in farming, ranching, and the oil industry, inheriting ownership of the Tulsa-based Keener Oil and Gas Company from his father, David A. Bartlett. Prior to becoming Governor, he served in the State Senate from 1962 to 1966. In 1970, he was the first Oklahoma Governor eligible to seek a second term. In the general election, he was challenged by then-Tulsa County Attorney David Hall. In the closest Gubernatorial election in state history,Hall unseated Bartlett by a vote of 338,338 to 336,157 .
Following his defeat, he served for one term in the U.S. Senate from 1973 to 1979 after winning the seat previously held by Democrat Fred R. Harris. He narrowly defeated U.S. Congressman Ed Edmondson in the 1972 election riding on President Richard Nixon's coattails. During his tenure in Congress, he took a conservative stance on most issues and championed oil and gas interests during the energy crisis of the 1970s. However, he suffered health problems and, rather than face a very difficult reelection against popular Democratic Governor David Boren, decided not to seek reelection. Two months after retiring from the U.S. Senate, he died in Tulsa from complications of lung cancer, and is buried in the city's Calvary Cemetery. In 1990 he was inducted into the Oklahoma CareerTech Hall of Fame and in March, 2006, Congress passed a bill renaming the U.S. Post Office in Tulsa in his honor. 
His son, Dewey F. Bartlett, Jr. has served as Mayor of Tulsa, Oklahoma since 2009, as a former member of the Tulsa City Council from 1990 to 1994, and has inherited the Keener Oil and Gas Company from his father.
His grandson, Dewey Bartlett, III has served as the Student Body Vice President of the University of Oklahoma for the 2009 - 2010 school year where he received a degree in petroleum engineering.
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- 100 Years of Oklahoma Governors Biography
- Biographical Directory of Congress Profile
- CareerTech Hall of Fame Bio
- Encyclopedia of Oklahoma History and Culture - Bartlett, Dewey
Political offices Preceded by
Governor of Oklahoma
January 9, 1967 – January 11, 1971
United States Senate Preceded by
Fred Roy Harris
United States Senator (Class 2) from Oklahoma
Served alongside: Henry Bellmon
Party political offices Preceded by
Republican nominee for Governor of Oklahoma
Pat H. Patterson
Republican nominee for United States Senator from Oklahoma
Robert B. Kamm
Governors of Oklahoma Territorial (1890–1907) State (since 1907)Italics indicate acting governors United States Senators from Oklahoma Class 2 Class 3Categories:
- 1919 births
- 1979 deaths
- American Roman Catholics
- Governors of Oklahoma
- Oklahoma gubernatorial candidates
- Oklahoma Republicans
- People from Marietta, Ohio
- People from Oklahoma
- People from Tulsa, Oklahoma
- Princeton University alumni
- Republican Party United States Senators
- United States Marine Corps officers
- United States Senators from Oklahoma
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