Saturday, December 30, 2006
Oregon Republican League: Elder Photos
Oregon Republican League:Republican League Register of Oregon, The Register Publishing Company, 1896, page 200.
KAPUS, GENERAL WILLIAM, of Portland, late secretary of the state central committee, was born in Brunswick, Germany, and came to the United States in 1850. In 1853 he came to Oregon. He began reading law, but abandoned it for mercantile pursuits. In 1850 he was elected City Assessor of Portland. He was then appointed Acting Indian Agent at Yakima. In 1861 he was elected Clerk of the House of Representatives of Washington Territory, and then become the Governor’s private secretary. In 1862 he was commissioned First Lieutenant of Company A, First Washington Infantry. He was appointed Collector of Customs for Alaska. Upon his return to Portland he was elected secretary of the Oregon Furniture Manufacturing Company, and held the position eighteen years. In May, 1883, Governor Moody appointed him Brigadier General of Oregon Militia. He was elected Presidential Elector in 1888. In 1892 he was appointed United States Consul at Sydney, New South Wales, but the following year retired for a Democratic successor. He has been Commander of the Oregon Commander of the Loyal Legion, and Commander of Garfield Port, G. A. R. He has been a member of county, state and league conventions for years, and from 1894 to 1896 was secretary to the state central committee.