This Day in Oklahoma History


16 March

Greer County, Texas

Greer County, created by the Texas legislature on February 8, 1860 (and named for John Alexander Greer, Lieutenant Governor of Texas), was land claimed by both Texas and the United States. In a lawsuit, United States v. State of Texas 162 U.S. 1 (1896), the U.S. Supreme Court held that the land of some 1.5 million acres belonged to the United States. Following that ruling, on May 4, 1896, the land was officially assigned by Congress to Oklahoma Territory. When Oklahoma became the 46th U.S. state (November 16, 1907), old "Greer County" was divided into Greer, Harmon, Jackson, and part of Beckham counties. more...

Monday, March 16, 1896

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