Charles E. Creager

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Charles Edward Creager
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Oklahoma's 3rd district
In office
March 4, 1909 – March 3, 1911
Preceded byJames S. Davenport
Succeeded byJames S. Davenport
Personal details
BornApril 28, 1873 (1873-04-28)
Montgomery County, Ohio
DiedJanuary 11, 1964 (1964-01-12) (aged 90)
Muskogee, Oklahoma
Citizenship United States
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Elizabeth Fleenor Creager
ChildrenBaron Creager Margaret Creager
Alma materNorthern Indiana University


Military service
AllegianceUnited States United States of America
Branch/serviceUnited States Army
Ranksergeant major
UnitFourth Ohio Volunteer Infantry
Battles/warsSpanish–American War

Charles Edward Creager (April 28, 1873 – January 11, 1964) was an American newspaper publisher and editor and a U.S. Representative from Oklahoma.


Born in Montogomery County, Ohio near Dayton, Creager was the son of William Otterbein and Belle Basore Creager. He attended Ohio public schools and graduated from Northern Indiana University. He married Elizabeth Fleenor, and they had a son, Baron, and a daughter, Margaret.[1] He enlisted as a sergeant major in the Fourth Ohio Volunteer Infantry during the Spanish–American War and served under General Nelson A. Miles in the Puerto Rican campaign.


Creager also engaged in the newspaper business, being the city editor of the Columbus Press-Post from 1899 to 1901 and editor of the Daily Leader in Marietta, Ohio, from 1902 to 1904. He moved to Muskogee, Indian Territory (now Oklahoma) in November 1904 and engaged in the newspaper business once more, later becoming publisher and editor of several Oklahoma newspapers.[2]

Elected as a Republican to the Sixty-first Congress, Creager served from March 4, 1909 to March 3, 1911.[3] An unsuccessful candidate for reelection to the Sixty-second Congress in 1910, he was employed in the United States Indian Service and later engaged in oil production until 1934, when he retired.

Civic Affairs[edit]

Creager was active in Freemasonry; elected to serve the organization in state leadership positions of Most Illustrious Grand Master of Cryptic Masons of Oklahoma (1920-1921[4]) and Most Excellent Grand High Priest of the Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Oklahoma (1925-1926[5]). He published A History of the Cryptic Rite Freemasonry in Oklahoma in 1925 and was a perpetual member of Muskogee Masonic Lodge No. 28[6] Ancient Free & Accepted Masons of Oklahoma.


Creager died, of emphysema, at the Muskogee Veterans Administration Hospital on January 11, 1964 (age 90 years, 258 days). He is interred at Greenhill Cemetery in Muskogee, Muskogee County, Oklahoma,.[7]


  1. ^ "Charles E. Creager". Oklahoma Historical Society. Retrieved 25 May 2013.
  2. ^ "Charles E. Creager". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved 25 May 2013.
  3. ^ "Charles E. Creager". Govtrack US Congress. Retrieved 25 May 2013.
  4. ^ "Past Ill. Grand Masters | Oklahoma York Rite". Oklahoma York Rite. Retrieved 2016-10-12.
  5. ^ "Past Grand High Priests | Oklahoma York Rite". Oklahoma York Rite. Retrieved 2016-10-12.
  6. ^ "Creager, Charles Edward | Encyclopedia of Oklahoma History and Culture". Retrieved 2016-10-12.
  7. ^ "Charles E. Creager". The Political Graveyard. Retrieved 25 May 2013.

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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
James S. Davenport
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Oklahoma's 3rd congressional district

Succeeded by
James S. Davenport