Biography of Guy Fountain Nelson

Guy Fountain Nelson, judge of the Third judicial district of Oklahoma, his entire official record reflecting credit and honor upon the people who have honored him, came to Muskogee in 1909. At that time he had had sixteen years’ experience in law practice and had made steady progress to a point where he had left the ranks of the many to stand among the successful. He was born in Nevada, Missouri, August 16, 1872, and is a son of I. F. S. and Alice (Pottorf) Nelson. The father is a traveling salesman, having long devoted his attention to that line of work.

Judge Nelson obtained a public and high school education in his native city and afterward attended the Christian University at Nevada, Missouri. He read law under the direction of H. H. Blanton and in 1893 was admitted to the bar. For a year he practiced in Nevada and for a similar period in Greenfield, Missouri, and then removed to Harrison, Arkansas, where he also spent one year. In 1909 he became connected with the law department of the Missouri, Kansas & Texas Railroad at Parsons, Kansas, and so continued until he resigned in 1909 for the purpose of removing to Muskogee. Here he opened an office for the general practice of civil law and was not long in securing a large clientage. In 1916 he was appointed assistant attorney general of Oklahoma, filling the office until the 1st of January, 1918, when he resigned. He was called to the bench through appointment as judge of the superior court of Muskogee and in November, 1914, was elected without opposition in the primaries of his own party and without opposition from the opposing party at the polls. In March, 1921, however, the superior court was abolished by legislative enactment through the provision that three district judges should be appointed in the Third judicial district and Judge Nelson was named as one of these j edges. He belongs to both the Muskogee and Oklahoma State Bar Associations.

On the 5th of October, 1898, Judge Nelson was married to Mabelle Ayres, of Nevada, Missouri, and they have two children Lorraine and Albert Ayres. The judge is a member of the Benevolent Protective Order of Elks, and while appreciative of the social amenities of life he has comparatively little time for clubs of that character. His profession has made constant organizations of that character. His profession has made demands upon his time and energy and to meet the requirements of an extensive and steadily growing practice he has studied closely, constantly broadening his knowledge and promoting his efficiency. On the bench he has proved himself one of the ablest representatives of the judiciary of the state, and the record of Oklahoma’s judiciary is a most creditable one.



Benedict, John Downing. Muskogee and Northeastern Oklahoma: including the counties of Muskogee, McIntosh, Wagoner, Cherokee, Sequoyah, Adair, Delaware, Mayes, Rogers, Washington, Nowata, Craig, and Ottawa. Chicago: S.J. Clarke Pub. Co., 1922.

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