Oregon Republican League:Republican League Register of Oregon, The Register Publishing Company, 1896, page 235.
LORD, HON. WILLIAM P., Governor of Oregon, was born in Dover, Delaware, in 1838. He graduated from Fairfield College, New York, and read law. He was among the first to volunteer when the war broke out, enlisting in a battalion of Delaware cavalry, and served through the war with the rank of major. He then graduated from the Albany Law College, and accepted a commission as lieutenant in the regular army. He was stationed in the Welt and finally Alaska. Later he resigned and began the practice of his profession in Sale, Oregon. In 1878 the Republicans of Marion County elected him to the State Senate, and in 1880 he was elected a Judge of the Supreme Couth, and became Chief Justice. He was re-elected in 1882 and in 1888, and in 1895 was inaugurated Governor of the state, to which office he was elected before his term as judge fully expired. Under him Oregon began to enjoy the first Republican administration of his office justifies the confidence that was placed in him by the people.