Gilbert Wesley Dukes

Gilbert Wesley Dukes 1900 - 1902

Gilbert Wesley Dukes, son of Joseph Dukes and Nancy Collins, was born at Lukfatah, Boktuklo County in the Choctaw Nation, o­n November 21, 1849. He received his education at Spencer Academy. After his schooling was completed he read law and was admitted to practice before the United States Courts in Indian Territory.

His political career began when he was elected sheriff of Wade County. Later he served as a member of the General Council, Judge of the Supreme Court and as a Circuit Judge of the second district. He became the National Auditor in 1895 and served in that capacity for a period of two years.

In 1900, as a candidate of the Tushka Homma Party and backed by the powerful McCurtain faction, Dukes was elected Chief of the Choctaw Nation. Gilbert Dukes married Angeline Wade in 1870, daughter of Governor Alfred Wade. After her death he married Isabella, daughter of Horace Woods. Chief Dukes, an elder in the Presbyterian Church, passed away December 26, 1919. He is buried in the Presbyterian Church Cemetery near Post Oak in an unmarked grave. Chief Dukes will be remembered because of his efforts expended toward the building of an Indian Hospital at Talihina.