Saturday, December 30, 2006
Oregon Republican League: Elder Photos
Oregon Republican League:Republican League Register of Oregon, The Register Publishing Company, 1896, page 196.
BLAKESLEY, A. H. [Editor inserted: Abraham H. Blakesley], of St. Helens, was born in Vermillion County, Indiana, December 13, 1831, and came to Oregon forty-two years ago. He soon went to California and engaged in mining and farming for a time, when he returned to Oregon and relocated in Jackson County, where he helped organize the Republican party in 1858, and helped to elect Lincoln President in 1860. He then lived for a few years in Siskiyou County, California, and three years in Benton County, Oregon. Twenty-three years ago he moved to St. Helens, and has been a prominent leader of the Republican party in Columbia County ever since. He was a delegate to the state and county conventions of 1874, and frequently since, and to the league meeting of 1894. In 1886 he was elected Justice of the Peace and held the office nine years. In 1886 he was member of the City Council three terms. In 1858 he was a nominee for assessor of Jackson County on the first Republican ticket in the county. He has four sons, all Republicans.