Sunday, December 31, 2006
Oregon Republican League: Elder Photos
Oregon Republican League:Republican League Register of Oregon, The Register Publishing Company, 1896, page 272.
CARSON, JOHN C., of Portland, was born in Center County, Pennsylvania, February 20, 1825. In 1834 the family moved to Ashland, Ohio. He learned the carpenter’s trade and attended the Ashland Academy. He then read medicine three years, and in 1850 went to California with Dr. J. W. Kinnaman to establish a hospital. Complications prevented, and they spent the winter in the mines. The next year Mr. Carson came to Portland and began a business career that has lasted more than forty years. Mr. Carson was one of the founders of the Republican party in Oregon, and attended the preliminary conferences before any public movement was made. In 1855-6 he was president of the City Council, and was twice re-elected a member if the Council. In 1866 he was a member of the United States board appointed to report upon the claims of the Hudson’s Bay Company. In 1870 he was elected a member of the lower house of the legislature, and was twice re-elected,. In 1884 he was elected to the state senate, and in 1887 was President of the body. He was re-elected Senator in 1888.