Tuesday, December 12, 2006
Oregon Republican League: Elder Photos
Oregon Republican League:Republican League Register of Oregon, The Register Publishing Company, 1896, page 44.
GEORGE, HON. M. C. [Editor inserted: Melvin C. George], of Portland, and former Representative in Congress, was born in Noble County, Ohio, May 13, 1849, and came to Oregon at an early age. After attending the Santiam Academy, Willamette University and Portland Business College, he was principal of the public schools at Albany and Jefferson Academy. He was admitted to the bar in 1875. In 1876 he was elected to the State Senate from Multnomah County, and in 1878 received the votes of the Republican Senators for president of that body. In 1880 he was elected to Congress over ex-Governor Whiteaker, his predecessor, and was re-elected in 1882. Through his exertions, in the house and as a member of the committee on commerce, a commission was appointed that decided upon the improvements at the mouth of the Columbia. This is but one of the many important measures he gave his special attention during his four years of service. Mr. George was for four years president of the State Republican League and an officer of the National League. He was also vice-president of the American Protective Tariff League. In 1889 he was elected School Trustee of Portland for five years, and was the same year given the honorary degree of LL. D. by the leading university of the state. He is an interesting and forceful speaker and an important factor in campaign work.