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Sunday, July 28, 2013

Selected Biographies: John Embry

Wesleyite, John Embry at age 80 wrote The Namic Philosophy: A Philosophy of Reality and Religion (Philosophical Library, 1952).  It was orginally  published  in Oklahoma City by the  Utterbach Com- pany, 1951. 225 pp.

"John Embry, City Lawyer, Dies at Age 91" said the local paper.  It went on to detail that John Embry, 91, of 3827 N. Classen, had been a long-time Oklahoma attorney..  Services will be at 4 p.m. Tuesday at Hahn-Cook Funeral Home. Burial will be in Rose Hill Cemetery.

Born in Butler County, Kentucky, Embry came to Oklahoma in 1891, homesteading near Chandler. He had practiced law in Oklahoma since 1891 and headed the law firm of Embry, Crowe, Tolbert, Boxley & Johnson at the time of his death. He came to Oklahoma and was admitted to the Territorial Bar Association in 1891. He served two terms as Lincoln County Attorney, 1894-98, and was also Lincoln County Judge and mayor of Chandler.

He was elected to the house of representatives in 1900 and served one term. He was appointed United States Attorney for Oklahoma Territory in 1906-1907. He was later appointed U.S. District Attorney for Western District, Oklahoma, in 1908-11. He was Oklahoma County Attorney in 1915-16.

At age 80, he wrote a book, "The Namic Philosophy", which was published in 1952. Oklahoma City University honored him with an honorary degree of doctor of laws in 1953. He served as trustee of that university from 1922 until 1934.

He was president of The Oklahoma Children's Home Society and a member of Wesley Methodist Church for more than 45 years. He served as member of the official board, teacher and Sunday school superintendent for the church.

He was a Mason, Odd Fellow, Member of YMCA, county state and American Bar Association, Men's Dinner Club and Chamber of Commerce. He was listed in Who's Who."
(The Daily Oklahoman, July 18, 1960, p.19 c.1; Find-A-Grave)
Fellow Wesley member, Joseph Thoburn included Embry's bio in the history of Oklahoma he had written.

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