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Thomas GORE

American Thomas GORE

born Thomas Pryor GORE

American politician, United States Senator from Oklahoma

Source :  Tim DOWLING

Born: on December 10, 1870 in Webster County, Mississippi, USA
Died: on March 16, 1949 in Washington, D.C., USA


He was born Thomas Pryor Gore in Webster County, Mississippi, the son of Caroline Elizabeth (Wingo) and Thomas Madison Gore.

He went blind as a child through two separate accidents but did not give up his dream of becoming a senator. He moved to Lawton, Oklahoma in 1901 and received a law degree from Cumberland University in the following year. In 1907, he was elected to the Senate as one of the first two senators from the new state of Oklahoma. He was re-elected in 1908 and 1914 but defeated in 1920. He was known as a member of the progressive wing of the Democratic Party, who worked with Republicans such as Robert La Follette. He was to a large extent no different from any other politician because of his blindness, but there were problems, as La Follette recounts an example in his memoirs when, during a filibuster, Gore did not realize that the senator who was to take over speaking for him had left the room, and the filibuster failed because he did not continue to speak. Also, some of Gore's colleagues in the Senate would attempt to take advantage of Gore's blindness by tricking him into signing documents that it was not in his party's interest for him to sign. He was famous for turning the tables on these sharp dealers and tricking them into signing documents that they did not intend to sign. These exploits made him popular with the press, who dubbed him "The Blind Cowboy."

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