Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma

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Jefferson Gardner jgardner 1894 - 1896

Jefferson Gardner, son of Noel and Hannah Gardner, was born near Wheelock Academy o­n July 12, 1847. He attended school at Norfolk in old Towson County and then entered Spencer academy for two years. Jefferson married Lucy James in 1862. After her death he married Lucy Christy in 1864. Upon her death he married Julia Christy, a sister of his second wife. He engaged in farming and raising stock along the Mountain Fork River near Eagletown. In 1878 he entered into the mercantile business. He was also Postmaster of Eagletown for many years.

Politically, he served as county clerk, district clerk, and representative in the Tribal Senate, treasurer of the Choctaw Nation and as circuit judge of the second judicial district. Jefferson Gardner was elected Principal Chief of the Choctaw Nation in August 1894. He was a candidate of the Progressive Party. He defeated Jacob B. Jackson of the National Party. He passed away at Idabel o­n April 6, 1906. He was buried in the Joe Christy Cemetery near Eagletown.