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Thomas Gore: The Blind Orator - Podcast

Thomas P. Gore won election as U.S. Senator at statehood, led the settling of Lawton, and gained renown as perhaps the greatest orator of his generation. Confronting Presidents, striving to keep our young men out of questionable foreign wars, and standing for the Choctaws and other tribes cost him his career. But it gifted us a legacy of honor and courage whose value is beyond calculation. And he did it all while blind.

Join John and KTOK/iHeartRadio star learn about one famous Oklahoman’s life that is an enduring lesson for us and our children of standing for the right, regardless of the personal cost. It’s the 65th episode of our original OKLAHOMA GOLD! radio program and podcast. Thank you Atwoods Stores for making it possible! Go HERE to listen to them all! Future episodes explore more great heroes, events, and movements of Oklahoma History.

Thomas Pryor Gore
Thomas Pryor Gore
Among the many “underdogs” Oklahoma pioneer Thomas P. Gore twice lost his career defending were America’s young men who were being shipped to the meat grinder of a World War I he persuasively argued they should not have been, and the Choctaws and other tribes who were (again) being fleeced from what was owed to them.
Despite the enormous cost to himself, Oklahoma’s first U.S. Senator Thomas P. Gore famously took on two of America’s most powerful and aggressively activist Presidents, Woodrow Wilson and Franklin D. Roosevelt, in defense of those who could not defend themselves.

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