Oregon Republican League: History 104 Biographies
Every Wednesday, the Oregon Republican League will post the biographies of important figures, in the League's/State of Oregon's history. Feel free to comment or share stories of your family's Republican affiliation.
GEORGE, Melvin Clark, (1849 - 1933)
GEORGE, Melvin Clark, a Representative from Oregon; born near Caldwell, Noble County, Ohio, May 13, 1849; moved with his parents over the Old Oregon Trail in 1851 and settled on a homestead near Lebanon, Linn County, Oreg.; attended the country schools, Santiam Academy, and Willamette University, Oregon; studied law; was admitted to the bar and commenced practice in Portland, Oreg., in 1875; member of the State senate from Multnomah district 1876-1880; elected as a Republican to the Forty-seventh and Forty-eighth Congresses (March 4, 1881-March 3, 1885); declined to be a candidate for renomination in 1884; resumed the practice of law in Portland, Oreg.; judge of the State circuit court 1897-1907; appointed by the circuit judges to superintend the construction of the Burnside Bridge over the Willamette River at Portland; director of the Portland public schools for five years; died in Portland, Oreg., February 22, 1933; interment in Lone Fir Cemetery.