Monday, December 11, 2006

Oregon Republican League: Elder Photos

Oregon Republican League:Republican League Register of Oregon, The Register Publishing Company, 1896, page 28.

McBride, George W., of St. Helens, now United States Senator from Oregon, is a son of Dr. James McBride, one of the pioneers of Oregon, and one of the founders of the Republican party in the state. He was born in Yamhill County in 1854, and was educated at the Willamette University, at Salem, and the Christian College, at Monmouth. In 1867 the family located near St.Helens, where he has made his home ever since. His antecedents made his strong Republicanism a certainty. In 1882 he was elected to the legislature, and was made speaker of the house. In 1886 he was elected Secretary of the State, though both the Republican candidates for Governor and Treasurer were defeated. He was renominated by acclamation in 1890, and again elected. In but a little more than a month after his retirement from office he was elected United States Senator, to succeed Senator Dolph, after a deadlock that lasted until within a few minutes of the close of the session. He has battled manfully with ill health all his life, and has succeeded against obstacles a man of less strength of character would have found unsurmountable.

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