An integral figure in the history of the Chickasaw Nation, Judge Overton “Sobe” Love helped sustain the tribe. He was born in 1823. At 20 years old, he came with one of the first caravans to Indian Territory during the time of the forced removal of the Chickasaw Nation.
He was named as Treaty Commissioner for the Chickasaw Nation during the days of the Dawes Commission. While serving in that vein, he was also a Pickens District Judge for many years.
One of the most important things he did for the Chickasaw Nation came at a time when it looked like the tribe would be unable to flourish. When the tribe thought they could no longer sustain themselves as a nation, Judge Love financed the Chickasaw government and made their credit worth a hundred cents on the dollar in money markets around the world.
After financing the Chickasaw government, Love did even more for the Chickasaw Nation. It was said that Judge Love educated more orphaned Chickasaws than “any other half-dozen men of his tribe.” Judge Overton Love died in 1906.