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William Johnson (1784-1848) by Ginny Mapes

William Johnson was the first permanent European settler in what is now the City of Portland. In late 1841, he moved his family from Champoeg, …

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William L. Finley (1876-1953) by Oliver Tatom

Oregon's birds have had few better friends than William Lovell Finley. As a biologist, photographer, writer, filmmaker, and public official, Finley spent his life tirelessly …

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William McClendon (1915-1996) by Stan Fonseca

William McClendon was a writer, journalist, intellectual, activist, and jazz musician who was a prominent member of Portland’s civil rights community from 1938 until his …

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William M. Tugman (1894-1961) by Cameron La Follette

William M. Tugman played a major role in the history of Oregon as an editor for the Eugene Register-Guard and the Port Umpqua Courier and …

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William O. Douglas (1898-1980) by Adam M. Sowards

Although he hailed from the State of Washington, William O. Douglas represented the greater Pacific Northwest on the national stage as a U.S. Supreme Court …

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William Overton by Susan Badger Doyle

William P. Overton was in Oregon fewer than three years, yet he made a mark on Oregon history. In May 1841, Overton and others from …

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William Packwood (1832-1917) by Gary Dielman

William Henderson Packwood holds a unique place in Oregon history as the youngest participant of Oregon's Constitutional Convention of 1857. This mostly self-educated pioneer became …

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William Patton (1927-2011) by Amy Richard

William Patton, the first general manager and executive director of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival (OSF) in Ashland, believed that art is connective—that is, that art …

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William Selby Harney (1800-1889) by Gregory P. Shine

A brash, opportunistic cavalry officer with an explosive temper and a vindictive predilection for conflict with Indians, fellow officers, and foreign powers, Gen. William Selby …

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William S. Ladd (1826-1893) by Jewel Lansing

At age twenty-seven, William Sargent Ladd was the youngest mayor to ever serve in Portland. Ladd is best known, however, for his business acumen, his …

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