G. Thomas Edwards

G. Thomas Edwards received a B. A. at Willamette University and M.A. and Ph.D degrees at the University of Oregon. From 1964 to 1998 he taught American history classes, especially the Civil War and Pacific Northwest History, at Whitman College. The Washington State History Society awarded him the Robert Gray Medal. He co-edited Experiences in a Promised Land, and wrote Sowing Good Seeds: the Northwest Suffrage Campaigns of Susan B. Anthony, The Triumph of Tradition: the Emergence of Whitman College, 1859-1924, for which he received a Governor’s Writing Award, and Tradition in a Turbulent Age: Whitman College 1925-1975. He passed away in 2018.

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  • Henry W. Corbett (1827-1903)

    In early 1851, Henry W. Corbett, an ambitious, twenty-four-year-old adventurer, departed from New York City’s busy East River, sailing to the Isthmus of Panama, crossing to the Pacific, and continuing by sea to Portland. By the time of his death over fifty years later, he was a prominent businessman …

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  • Marcus Whitman (1802–1847)

    Marcus Whitman left his mark on Oregon Country as an early missionary to Cayuse people on the Columbia Plateau and as an advocate for American settlement of the region. His name is famous for the incident of his death at the hands of Cayuse antagonists in 1847. His name is …

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  • Narcissa Whitman (1808-1847)

    Missionary Narcissa Prentiss Whitman is probably Old Oregon’s most famous and tragic woman. Her reputation ranges from heroic to intolerant. In 1836, she moved west with her husband, Dr. Marcus Whitman, to establish a mission. Determined to Christianize and civilize the Cayuse Indians of the Columbia Plateau region, their …

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