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The World's Richest Indian: The Scandal over Jackson Barnett's Oil Fortune

Tanis C. Thorne

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
September 2007
ISBN:
9780195182989
eISBN:
9780199789030
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195182989.001.0001
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

This is first biography of Jackson Barnett, the Native American who gained unexpected wealth from oil found on his property. The book explores how control of Barnett's fortune was violently contested ... More


Battle Royal: Litigation over the Jackson Barnett Estate, 1925–1928

Tanis C. Thorne

in The World's Richest Indian: The Scandal over Jackson Barnett's Oil Fortune

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
September 2007
ISBN:
9780195182989
eISBN:
9780199789030
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195182989.003.0008
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

Litigation over the Jackson Barnett fortune began in 1923 and was not resolved until the early 1940s. It was national in scope with major battlegrounds in Kansas, Oklahoma, New York, Washington, ... More


Tar Baby, 1912–1920

Tanis C. Thorne

in The World's Richest Indian: The Scandal over Jackson Barnett's Oil Fortune

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
September 2007
ISBN:
9780195182989
eISBN:
9780199789030
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195182989.003.0004
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

Elderly, illiterate, and inexperienced, Jackson Barnett required the services of a guardian to protect and preserve his estate, and he and his property were quickly drawn into the system of dual ... More


The Gilded Cage, 1926–1938

Tanis C. Thorne

in The World's Richest Indian: The Scandal over Jackson Barnett's Oil Fortune

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
September 2007
ISBN:
9780195182989
eISBN:
9780199789030
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195182989.003.0011
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

Anna Barnett's spendthrift habits, combined with speculation in Los Angeles real estate and escalating legal expenses ushered in financial difficulties within three short years of the Barnetts' ... More


Speculative and Protracted Litigation

Tanis C. Thorne

in The World's Richest Indian: The Scandal over Jackson Barnett's Oil Fortune

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
September 2007
ISBN:
9780195182989
eISBN:
9780199789030
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195182989.003.0013
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

The number of Oklahoma claimants to Jackson Barnett's wealth multiplied exponentially after his death. The Oklahoma papers identified the heirs from both sides of Jackson's family and printed photos ... More


Dividing the Estate, 1921–1923

Tanis C. Thorne

in The World's Richest Indian: The Scandal over Jackson Barnett's Oil Fortune

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
September 2007
ISBN:
9780195182989
eISBN:
9780199789030
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195182989.003.0006
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

This chapter focuses on the struggle between Anna Laura Lowe and Jackson Barnett's guardian for control of his estate. It is argued that the disbursement of the Barnett estate reflected negotiations ... More


Please Pass the Injin Territory

Tanis C. Thorne

in The World's Richest Indian: The Scandal over Jackson Barnett's Oil Fortune

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
September 2007
ISBN:
9780195182989
eISBN:
9780199789030
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195182989.003.0002
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

This chapter focuses on the family background and life of Jackson Barnett. Barnett was born around 1856 in the Creek Nation in Indian Territory, in what is today McIntosh County in eastern Oklahoma. ... More


Witch Hunts: The Senate Subcommittee Investigation, 1928–1929

Tanis C. Thorne

in The World's Richest Indian: The Scandal over Jackson Barnett's Oil Fortune

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
September 2007
ISBN:
9780195182989
eISBN:
9780199789030
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195182989.003.0010
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

The heightened congressional interest in the Jackson Barnett case drew prominent senators to the issue of Indian policy reform, often for partisan reasons. The Senate subcommittee's goal was to make ... More


Anna, Adventuress of a Most Dangerous Type, 1920-1923

Tanis C. Thorne

in The World's Richest Indian: The Scandal over Jackson Barnett's Oil Fortune

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
September 2007
ISBN:
9780195182989
eISBN:
9780199789030
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195182989.003.0005
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

This chapter details how thirty-nine-year-old Anna Laura Lowe of Kansas City succeeded in getting Jackson Barnett to marry her. It also mentions the various players that aided or opposed her. There ... More


“Poor Rich Indians” and the Turning Political Tide, 1923–1925

Tanis C. Thorne

in The World's Richest Indian: The Scandal over Jackson Barnett's Oil Fortune

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
September 2007
ISBN:
9780195182989
eISBN:
9780199789030
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195182989.003.0007
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

By late 1922, Commissioner Charles Burke's eyes were trained on a major political crusade, to which the liberation of Jackson Barnett from his Oklahoma guardian and the supervision of the Okmulgee ... More


Introduction

Tanis C. Thorne

in The World's Richest Indian: The Scandal over Jackson Barnett's Oil Fortune

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
September 2007
ISBN:
9780195182989
eISBN:
9780199789030
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195182989.003.0001
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

This introductory chapter begins with a brief background on the discovery of oil at the Cushing field in Oklahoma in 1912, which eventually supplied 17 percent of all oil marketed in the United ... More


The Battle of Wilshire Boulevard

Tanis C. Thorne

in The World's Richest Indian: The Scandal over Jackson Barnett's Oil Fortune

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
September 2007
ISBN:
9780195182989
eISBN:
9780199789030
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195182989.003.0012
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

Seventy-eight-year-old Jackson Barnett died in his sleep from heart disease on May 29, 1934. On June 7, 1934, the “sachem of Wilshire Boulevard”, as a Los Angeles paper referred to him, was laid to ... More


Who Will Guard the Guardians? Indian Policy on Trial, 1924–1928

Tanis C. Thorne

in The World's Richest Indian: The Scandal over Jackson Barnett's Oil Fortune

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
September 2007
ISBN:
9780195182989
eISBN:
9780199789030
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195182989.003.0009
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

The Barnett case caught the attention of Congress and Indian rights activists and became the lightning rod for a national reform movement. For Progressive congressmen like Robert La Follette of ... More


Epilogue: A Matter of Trust

Tanis C. Thorne

in The World's Richest Indian: The Scandal over Jackson Barnett's Oil Fortune

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
September 2007
ISBN:
9780195182989
eISBN:
9780199789030
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195182989.003.0014
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

This epilogue analyzes the implications of the case of Jackson Barnett. It is argued that in its historical trust relationship with Indian people, the federal government has shown itself to be a ... More


The Making of the Incompetent Indian

Tanis C. Thorne

in The World's Richest Indian: The Scandal over Jackson Barnett's Oil Fortune

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
September 2007
ISBN:
9780195182989
eISBN:
9780199789030
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195182989.003.0003
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

This chapter focuses on the impact of legislative efforts to protect the landed estate of Indians. Members of Congress trying to protect the remaining landed estate of Indians followed a twisted ... More


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