Oklahoma Baptist Homes for Children


1953 to 1962

Robert S. Kerr

Robert S. Kerr
Sen. Robert S. Kerr addresses a crowd at a Children's Home event.

Robert S. Kerr was a strong supporter of the Oklahoma Baptist Children’s Home for 20 years. Kerr was Oklahoma’s first native-born governor and served from 1943-1947. During his administration, Governor Kerr worked closely with Resident Manager Truman Maxey and Home Superintendent Andrew Potter to improve the work of the Home. Kerr was elected to the United States Senate in 1948 and re-elected in 1954 and in 1960. Senator Kerr served in the Senate from January 3, 1949, until his death in Washington, D.C., January 1, 1963.

Kerr Cottage - 1953In 1953, Sen. Kerr delivered the dedicatory address for the Kerr cottage, in which he eulogized the memory of his father. The junior girls who lived in the W.S. Kerr Memorial Cottage at the Home enjoyed visits of Sen. and Mrs. Kerr. Prior to his death, Sen. Kerr was also involved with the beginning growth of Boys Ranch Town. He spoke at the original groundbreaking in 1953 and again at a cottage dedication in 1962.

Below is the current Kerr Cottage.

Kerr Cottage today

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