“Political Corruption in Oregon, 1868-1902: Sen. John H. Mitchell and Other Tales of Wrongdoing”
Wilsonville History Night
author of “To the Promised Land: A History of Government and Politics in Oregon”
- Old Church |
- Tuesday, April 29, 2014
- 5 p.m. doors; 6:30 p.m. event |
- Free |
- All ages welcome
About “Political Corruption in Oregon, 1868-1902: Sen. John H. Mitchell and Other Tales of Wrongdoing”
John H. Mitchell was an adulterer, bigamist, wife abuser, liar, bribe-taker, and imposter. He abandoned his young wife and two children in Pennsylvania and fled to Oregon via San Francisco (where he abandoned his mistress). Once in Oregon, Mitchell went on to serve 22 controversy-riddled years as one of the state's U.S. Senators. Despite his wide-spread notoriety and long tenure in office, Mitchell has largely been forgotten by history.
About the speaker
Tom Marsh, author of To the Promised Land: A History of Government and Politics in Oregon (2012), taught high school history in Oregon for 28 years. He represented eastern Washington County in the state legislature from 1975 to 1979, and has participated in numerous political campaigns over a span of nearly 50 years. He lives in Salem, Oregon.
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About Wilsonville History Night
Join us for beer and history, Co-Sponsored by the Wilsonville Public Library and Wilsonville-Boones Ferry Historical Society, the Oregon Encyclopedia, and McMenamins, in which you'll hear lively local and regional history while you enjoy a frosty pint or two of handcrafted ale.
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