Creator: Swearingen, Harmon Theodore
Description: Studio photograph of Henry Edward Asp who was born in 1856 and died in 1923. Asp was an Attorney admitted to the Kansas Bar in 1877, and established a law firm with John W. Shartel and James R. Cottingham in Guthrie, Oklahoma Territory in 1892. He was a solicitor and lobbyist for Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway between the years of 1890 and 1907, and was instrumental in founding the Norman Territorial University which would become the University of Oklahoma. Asp was on OU's board of trustees, and worked with David R. Boyd, the Norman Territorial University president, to provide that section thirteen of each township be set aside for higher education. Asp was also a prominent politician and lobbyist for statehood. He used his influence to have Guthrie designated temporary capital in the 1906 Enabling Act. He was a republican representative of the twenty-fifth district at the Constitutional Convention held in Guthrie in November 1906, and moved to Oklahoma City in 1912.