Friday, December 15, 2006
Oregon Republican League: Elder Photos
Oregon Republican League:Republican League Register of Oregon, The Register Publishing Company, 1896, page 52.
GEER, T. T. [Editor inserted: Theodore T. Geer], of Macleay, has been for years one of the prominent leaders of the Republican party in Oregon, and both on the stump and with incisive pen he has done much to uphold its standards and carry them to victory. He was born in the Waldo Hills, Marion County, Oregon, March 12, 1851. He lived in Silverton till 1861, when the family moved to Salem. In 1866 he went to Union County, but 1877 returned to the Waldo Hills, and has ever since lived there on a farm within a mile of his birthplace. In 1876 he was a Republican nominee for the legislature in Union County, and made a hopeless fight and went down with the entire ticket under a Democratic majority of 300. In 1880, 1888, 1890 and 1892 he was elected to the legislature in Marion County, and in 1891 was speaker of the House. Mr. Geer has probably written more “good stuff” for the newspapers of Oregon than any man in the state not making that his business. He began with the Blue Mountain Times, the first paper published east of the Blue mountains, when but seventeen years of are, the Oregonian has been the paper most favored by his pen. Mr. Geer has been a prominent figure at county and state conventions and league meetings, and has done more than any other man on the stump to combat the doctrines of the Populists. His campaign work in 1894 was peculiarly effective in this direction, his plain, common-sense talks, tinged with a humor worthy of Lincoln himself, being far more interesting and convincing than the more florid oratory of the majority of political speakers.