American Democratic politician who served as a Senator from Oklahoma from 1937 to 1943. He also led the public speaking department at the University of Oklahoma.
He obtained his undergraduate degree from the University of Oklahoma and earned a graduate degree in political science from Columbia University and a law degree from Cumberland School of Law in Tennessee.
He authored a number of books, including How to Hold an Audience Without a Rope and The Battle of Cognac.
He was born in Childersburg, Alabama, but spent much of his life in Norman, Oklahoma where he owned a farm.
He was an admirer and contemporary of U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt.