The late Patrick Hurley was born in Indian Territory, practiced law in Tulsa and had a distinguished diplomatic career. In the 1920s he invested in real estate and built Oklahoma’s first apartment-hotel, the Ambassador. As secretary of war under President Hoover, he was the first Oklahoma to serve in a presidential cabinet. In World War II, he became a brigadier general and an emissary to Russia. He capped his diplomatic career as ambassador to China. Pictured: Patrick J. Hurley as Secretary of War, c. 1930.
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