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	 John Gordon MitchellJohn Gordon Mitchell

President of Central State Normal School (1919-1931)

Biographical Information

  • Born September 14, 1878 near Knoxville, Tennessee
  • Married to Elsie Mitchell. They had one daughter.
  • Died February 9, 1956 in Seminole, Oklahoma


  • Attended George Peabody College for Teachers, Nashville, Tennessee (Now part of Vanderbilt University) [Story of CSC, page 195]
  • Attended Cumberland University, Lebanon, Tennessee [Story of CSC, page 195]
  • 1919 M.A. University of Oklahoma [Supervising Authorities]


  • Part-time faculty member at Oklahoma A&M College (Now Oklahoma State University), Stillwater, Oklahoma
  • 1904, c. - 1910, c. Superintendent of schools in Checotah, Oklahoma
  • 1911, c. - 1919 Superintendent of schools in Pryor, Oklahoma
  • 1919 - 1931 Named President of then Central State Normal School in June 1919
    Mr. Mitchell "retired" as President of then Central State Teachers College on May 23, 1931 [Story of CSC, page 301]
    Left position after "rough and tumble battle" with Governor Alfalfa Bill Murray [Presidents OVF #6/Shawnee News Star]
  • 1931 - 1946 Superintendent of public schools in Seminole, Oklahoma
  • 1931 Organized Seminole Junior College (Now Seminole State College), Seminole, Oklahoma
  • 1931 - 1946 President of Seminole Junior College

Awards and Affiliations

  • Treasurer of the Oklahoma Education Association for many years
  • Served on the Oklahoma State Board of Education
  • Member of the University of Oklahoma Association