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Henry L. Bellmon Senatorial Papers

Identifier: 1980-004

Scope and Contents

Collection contains general & case files, correspondence, books, and memorabilia from Henry L. Bellmon's U.S. Senate career.


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Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research use. Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations, the Oklahoma Open Records Act (, and other relevant regulations. Confidential material may include, but is not limited to, educational, medical, and personnel records. Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g., a cause of action under common law for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which Oklahoma State University Libraries assumes no responsibility.

Conditions Governing Use

The researcher assumes full responsibility for conforming with the laws of copyright. Whenever possible, Oklahoma State University Archives will provide information about copyright owners and related information. Securing permission to publish or use material is the responsibility of the researcher. Note that unless specifically transferred to Oklahoma State University Libraries, any applicable copyrights may be held by another individual or entity. Copyright for material published by Oklahoma Agricultural and Mechanical College/Oklahoma State University is held by the Board of Regents for the Oklahoma Agricultural and Mechanical Colleges. All rights reserved.

Biographical Sketch

Henry L. Bellmon, born near Tonkawa, Oklahoma in 1921, attended elementary and secondary school in Noble County. He graduated from Oklahoma A&M College in 1942 with a bachelor of science degree in agriculture. Following graduation, Bellmon enlisted in the U.S. Marines and served 40 months during WWII. Bellmon participated in four battles of the Pacific campaign. He was awarded the Legion of Merit for action in an invasion of Saipan and the Silver Star for Bravery in the Iwo Jima invasion.

After his military service, Henry Bellmon returned to Billings. In 1946 he was elected to the Oklahoma House of Representatives where he served one term. He was elected the first Republican governor of Oklahoma (1963-1967), U.S. Senator (1969-1980), and later to a second gubernatorial term (1987-1991). During his second term as U.S. Senator, Bellmon was the ranking member of the Senate Budget Committee. He has also served on numerous commissions and boards.

Henry Bellmon has taught classes at Oklahoma City University, Central State University (now the University of Central Oklahoma), the University of Oklahoma, and Oklahoma State University.

Henry Bellmon married Shirley Osborn January 24, 1947. They have three daughters, Patricia, Gail and Ann.


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Henry L. Bellmon Senatorial Papers Collection Number 1980-004
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Repository Details

Part of the Oklahoma State University Archives Repository

204 Edmon Low Library
Oklahoma State University
Stillwater 74078-1071 USA