Sponsored by Des Chutes Historical Museum and the Oregon Encyclopedia

The Extraordinary Life of Homer C. Davenport, Political Cartoonist

A Presentation by Gus Frederick, Silverton Historian

Oregon Encyclopedia History Night

  • 7 p.m. |
  • Free |
  • All ages welcome

About The Extraordinary Life of Homer C. Davenport, Political Cartoonist

Oregon's own Homer Davenport (1867-1912) was one of the most successful artists Oregon has ever produced. Yet, few outside his hometown are even aware of the impact this self-described "country boy" had on society. In fact, he became a cultural icon of the Progressive Era. His career as a political cartoonist, and notably the work he did for the San Francisco Examiner and The New York Evening Mail, was both hugely influential and effective. One New York Senator even sponsored a bill to outlaw Davenport's cartoons. Born in Silverton, Oregon, into the pioneer Geer family, Davenport became a world traveller and developed a second career of breeding Arabian horses. His life is a story of fame, political influence, artistic creativity, and discovery.

Gus Frederick, a resident of Silverton, Oregon, is the author of Cartoons by Davenport; The Annotated Edition and Silverton: Images of America, and helps with Silverton's Homer Davenport Community Festival.

About Oregon Encyclopedia History Night


The Oregon Encyclopedia hosts a series of History Nights in collaboration with McMenamins pubs. Come join us for an enlightening evening of history, served up with food and a pint or two of good beer, and find out more about the history and culture of our state from OE authors. Bring your encyclopedia-worthy Oregon stories to share with the OE Editors-in-Chief.

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