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William Overton by Susan Badger Doyle

William P. Overton was in Oregon fewer than three years, yet he made a mark on Oregon history. In May 1841, Overton and others from …

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William Packwood (1832-1917) by Gary Dielman

William Henderson Packwood holds a unique place in Oregon history as the youngest participant of Oregon's Constitutional Convention of 1857. This mostly self-educated pioneer became …

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William Patton (1927-2011) by Amy Richard

William Patton, the first general manager and executive director of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival (OSF) in Ashland, believed that art is connective—that is, that art …

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William S. Ladd (1826-1893) by Jewel Lansing

At age twenty-seven, William Sargent Ladd was the youngest mayor to ever serve in Portland. Ladd is best known, however, for his business acumen, his …

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William Selby Harney (1800-1889) by Gregory P. Shine

A brash, opportunistic cavalry officer with an explosive temper and a vindictive predilection for conflict with Indians, fellow officers, and foreign powers, Gen. William Selby …

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William Stafford (1914-1993) by Paul Merchant

William Stafford, one of America’s most widely read poets, was born in Hutchinson, Kansas, in 1914 to Ruby and Earl Ingersoll Stafford, the first of …

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William Sumio Naito (1925-1996) by Chet Orloff

William “Bill” Naito was born in Portland in 1925. His parents, Hide and Fukiye, had emigrated in 1912 from Japan, and Hide ran a successful …

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Willie Mae Young Hart (1915-2017) by Heather Burmeister

In addition to the community organizing that characterized so many of her contemporaries, Willie Mae Young Hart made a habit of breaking the color line. …

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Willis Hawley (1864-1941) by Luke Carlson

Republican Willis Chatman Hawley represented the 1st Congressional District in northwest Oregon from March 1907 to March 1933. As chair of the House Ways and …

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Wilson Price Hunt (1783-1842) by E.W. Giesecke

In 1809, John Jacob Astor selected Wilson Price Hunt to be his St. Louis agent for a new enterprise—the Pacific Fur Company—and to lead an …

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