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In 1971, Patience Sewell Latting became the first and only woman Mayor of Oklahoma City. She was born in Texhoma, Oklahoma in 1918 and graduated with honors from the University in Oklahoma before receiving a master’s degree in economics and statistics from Columbia University in 1939. She first began her career in politics through the Parent Teacher Association and the League of Women Voters. She then worked her way through the ranks of the Oklahoma City Council until she was voted Mayor of Oklahoma City.
She served from 1971-1983 and played a huge role in a master development plan that led to several new parks like the Myriad Gardens and a downtown redevelopment. During her term, the National Municipal League presented the All-America City Award to Oklahoma City in 1978. She won several other personal awards including the Outstanding Oklahoman by Phi Beta Kappa (1976), Woman of the Year in Civic Work by the Oklahoma City chapter of Theta Sigma Phi (1961), the Outstanding Woman of Oklahoma by the Soroptimists (1969) and in 1980 she was inducted into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame.
This bust-sized portrait can be found in the third floor of City Hall where her legacy still remains. Sculpted by Sohail Shehada, Patience Latting set a precedent of development and progress for the city.
200 N Walker , Oklahoma City, OK, 73102
Medium type: Bronze