Independent Historian and Biographer
Michael J. Hightower, a native Oklahoman, earned his doctorate in Sociology from the University of Virginia before launching his career as an independent historian and biographer. He has written seven books, including the two-volume Banking in Oklahoma (OU Press, 2013, 2014), and served as historian for the 89er Trail in downtown Oklahoma City. His most recent book, 1889: The Boomer Movement, the Land Run, and Early Oklahoma City (OU Press, 2018), is a profoundly American story that posits central Indian Territory (later, central Oklahoma) as a battleground of competing interests and crucible of Gilded-Age politics. Michael is currently completing one biography and in the research phase of another. For more information, visit Michael's website, www.michaeljhightower.com.