Former First Lady of Oklahoma
Ann Bartlett, former Oklahoma first lady and widow of the late Oklahoma U.S. Senator and governor Dewey Bartlett was born and raised in Seattle, Washington.
Ann Smith met Dewey Bartlett while visiting her grandmother in southern California, where Bartlett, an Ohio native, was training as a Marine Corps dive bomber. Soon after marriage in 1945 the couple moved to Tulsa, where Dewey joined his brother, Dave Bartlett, at Keener Oil Company, which their late father had founded. As Dewey moved from oilman to politician, Ann played a supportive, advisory role and campaigned at his side. After representing Tulsa County in the state Senate, Dewey Bartlett served as Oklahoma’s 19th governor from 1967 to 1971, becoming only the second Republican to hold the post. He was elected to the U.S. Senate for a six-year term in 1972. Bartlett died of cancer March 1, 1979, shortly after leaving the U.S. Senate.
After her husband’s death, Ann continued her interest in politics, supporting various campaigns. In Tulsa, she was active with a number of civic groups and nonprofits. She was 92 when she died January 26, 2013. Her survivors included three children: Dewey F. Bartlett Jr. (Mayor of Tulsa), Joan C. Atkinson and Michael H. Bartlett.
Ann was joined by her daughter Joan when this interview was conducted June 5, 2010.
Interview with Ann Bartlett
Müllerhaus Legacy Website Team
Date Created: June 5, 2010
Date Published: February 22, 2013
Notes: Recorded by John Erling in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Digital Audio Sound Recording, Non-Music.