Oklahoma History Center

As a land developer and speculator, a lawyer, an immigration promoter, a newspaper owner, and a politician, E. P. McCabe was an important contributor to the Oklahoma scene. Oklahoma Territory was a late-nineteenth-century place of dreams for hundreds of thousands of Americans and recent immigrants. It was a place of myth and reality, then. For African Americans who were still pursuing the fulfillment of a promise they believed had been made to them during and immediately after the Civil War, Oklahoma had special, perhaps even urgent appeal. Edward (or Edwin) P. (Preston?) McCabe was one of the African Americans who came to the territory in search not only of his dream but the dream of countless others. What made his story special was that he dreamed bigger than the average person, and because he did, the shock of reality probably hurt him more.

Jere Roberson, Edward P. McCabe (1850-1920), in The Encyclopedia of Oklahoma History and Culture, Dianna Everett, et al., eds. (Oklahoma City: Oklahoma Historical Society), 908-909.