Frederick J. Blue received his BA at Yale University (1958) and his PhD at the University of Wisconsin (1965) in the field of 19th century American History. He has held positions at Youngstown State University and the University of Oregon, and has published several books, including The Free Soilers: Third-party Politics, 1848-54 (1973) and No Taint of Compromise: Crusaders in Antislavery Politics (2005).
Joseph Lane (1801-1881)
Joseph Lane was the first governor of Oregon Territory. A leading Democrat, he was a U.S. senator and candidate for vice president in 1860. Fiercely independent and ambitious for personal political power, Lane was a successful advocate of his constituents' interests and an outspoken and controversial defender of slavery. Born …