Friday, December 15, 2006
Oregon Republican League: Elder Photos
Oregon Republican League:Republican League Register of Oregon, The Register Publishing Company, 1896, page 68.
HIRSCH, HON. SOLOMON, of Portland, ex-Minister to Turkey, and now chairman of the Republican state central committee, was born in Wurtemberg, Germany, March 25, 1839. At the age of seventeen he came to America and in 1858 came to Oregon with his brother Edward, the two embarking in business at The Dalles. In 1864 he came to Portland and engaged in business, forming, ten years later, the wholesale dry goods house of Fleischner, Mayer & Co., in which he is still interested. Mr. Hirsch has been prominent in Republican politics in Oregon, as a member of county and state conventions and committees, and chairman of them, and in other ways. In 1872 he was elected to the legislature. In 1874 he was elected to the state senate, again in 1878 and again in 1882, making twelve years’ continuous service in that body, of which he was president in 1880. In 1882 he was chairman of the state committee. In 1885 he was a candidate for the United States senate, and came within one vote of election. In 1888, while in Europe, he was appointed Minister to Turkey by President Harrison, and filled that responsible position three years, when he resigned. At the last state convention he was elected chairman of the state central committee, and is now conducting the campaign.