William H. Twine

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Richmond, Kentucky
CitizenshipUnited States of America
  • Lawyer
  • Newspaper publisher

William H. Twine (1864 - 1933) was a lawyer and newspaper publisher in Oklahoma. He published the Muskogee Cimeter[1] in Muskogee, Oklahoma.[2]

He was born in Richmond, Kentucky.[3] He moved to Texas where he was admitted to the bar and then settled a homestead in Oklahoma. He defended African American clients and reportedly slept at the jail on occasion to help deter lynchings. Henry Twine and Pliny Twine were his sons.[4]

Taft, Oklahoma was originally named Twine after him.


  1. https://www.loc.gov/item/sn83025060/
  2. "Twine, William Henry | The Encyclopedia of Oklahoma History and Culture". www.okhistory.org.
  3. "Twine, William H. · Notable Kentucky African Americans Database". nkaa.uky.edu.
  4. Mullins, Jonita. "Three Forks History: Twine was influential in early Muskogee". Muskogee Phoenix.

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