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Created From
[X] Territory of Oregon Territory/ Commonwealth February 14, 1859
Parents > United States  
Established February 14, 1859
Disbanded Still Active
Last ModifiedRP March 22, 2020 10:05pm
Description Issues far from Oregon shaped affairs along the Pacific Coast in the 1850s. Sectional tensions heightened during the bumbling presidencies of Millard Fillmore, Franklin Pierce, and James Buchanan. The Compromise of 1850 gained a little time, but its concessions satisfied neither proslavery extremists in the South nor abolitionists in the North. The nation was on its course to the Civil War. Harriet Beecher Stowe's novel, Uncle Tom's Cabin, enraged slaveowners as it swept across the country in a powerful indictment of the "peculiar institution." Formation of the Republican Party in 1854, troubles in "Bleeding Kansas" in 1856, the Dred Scott decision in 1857, and John Brown's raid on the federal arsenal at Harper's Ferry in 1858 confirmed the divisions and tensions. The Republicans had drawn the line--no further expansion of slavery. They nominated John C. Fremont, a popular western explorer, for the presidency. Although Fremont lost, within four years their candidate, Abraham Lincoln, was headed to Washington, D.C., as the 16th president. Passions were high. Then came secession and war.

Three parties vied for political control in Oregon. The Democrats were an odd lot, including northerners opposed to slavery and southern diehards who supported an institution barred by the Organic Act of 1848. The Whigs held political patronage in the early 1850s but watched their party disintegrate nationally. The Know-Nothings were opposed to the political clique that had managed territorial government in Salem. These divisions confirmed the heavy hold of old persuasions and attitudes--the intellectual baggage carried by emigrants.

Without enabling legislation from Congress, Oregonians voted in June 1857 to hold a constitutional convention. The delegates assembled in Salem during the summer and drafted a governing document. It was modeled on those of Iowa, Indiana, and Michigan. The constitution limited public debt and placed tight controls on banks and corporations. An agricultural people, the convention delegates argued, had little use for frivolous expenditures or unnecessary institutions. In the fall voters faced three questions. Did they approve the constitution? They voted yes. Did they want slavery? They voted 7,727 no and 2,645 yes. Did they want freed African-Americans to live in Oregon? They voted eight to one against permitting their residency.

The actions in 1857 were predictable. Oregonians hungered for control of their own government and an end to the patronage appointments produced by shifting administrations in Washington, D.C. They also affirmed they did not want slavery in Oregon. The question of driving free African-Americans from the new state revealed resoundingly racist attitudes. They did not see freed slaves, Indians, or women standing equally before the law. In this Oregonians differed little from Thomas Jefferson. Architect of the Declaration of Independence and its gracefully worded affirmations of natural rights, Jefferson was a slave-owner all his adult life. He could not rise to the noble philosophy of personal freedom he articulated in the 1770s. Oregonians in 1857 appeared to have drunk from the same well.

In June 1858, residents of the territory elected officials as defined by their new constitution. For months the fate of Oregon statehood floated on shifting political coalitions distrustful of changing the fragile balance of power in Congress. It was known Oregon would be a free state, yet its newly elected senators--Joseph Lane and Delazon Smith--were proslavery Democrats. Finally Congress acted and on February 14, 1859, President Buchanan signed the bill. Oregon joined the federal union.

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PVID+6.04 ( D+5.14 R-6.49 I-0.05 N+0.62 LBT+0.57 G-0.26 CST-0.04 PSL-0.05 AllP-0.06 ASP-0.03 BDY-0.04 )

OR CDs 2013-2023 Jan 3, 2013-Jan 3, 2023

Largest Population Cities  
# City County Population As Of
1 Portland Multnomah 653,115 2018-07-01
2 Salem Marion 173,442 2018-07-01
3 Eugene Lane 171,245 2018-07-01
4 Gresham Multnomah 110,158 2018-07-01
5 Hillsboro Washington 108,389 2018-07-01
6 Beaverton Washington 98,962 2018-07-01
7 Bend Deschutes 97,590 2018-07-01
8 Medford Jackson 82,347 2018-07-01
9 Springfield Lane 62,979 2018-07-01
10 Corvallis Benton 58,641 2018-07-01
Largest Population Counties  
# County State Population As Of
1 Multnomah OR 815,428 2020-04-01
2 Washington OR 600,372 2020-04-01
3 Clackamas OR 421,401 2020-04-01
4 Lane OR 382,971 2020-04-01
5 Marion OR 345,920 2020-04-01
6 Jackson OR 223,259 2020-04-01
7 Deschutes OR 198,253 2020-04-01
8 Linn OR 128,610 2020-04-01
9 Douglas OR 111,201 2020-04-01
10 Yamhill OR 107,722 2020-04-01

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Pty Amount % Yr Chg As Of Contributor
D 1,043,175 35.67% +8.76% Sep 30, 2020 RBH
N 938,643 32.10% -5.91% Sep 30, 2020 RBH
R 750,718 25.67% +13.21% Sep 30, 2020 RBH
IndOR 130,668 4.47% +14.49% Sep 30, 2020 RBH
LBT 21,161 0.72% +24.18% Sep 30, 2020 RBH
OTH 16,840 0.58% -11.08% Sep 30, 2020 RBH
WFP 8,703 0.30% -11.12% Sep 30, 2020 RBH
PAC 7,993 0.27% +9.76% Sep 30, 2020 RBH
CST 3,657 0.13% -1.62% Sep 30, 2020 RBH
PRG 2,734 0.09% +55.94% Sep 30, 2020 RBH


Start Date End Date Type Title Contributor
Jan 01, 1900 09:00am Jan 01, 1900 10:00pm General Election OR Poll Open and Close Times Set  RP 
May 15, 2012 02:00am May 15, 2012 02:00am Primary Election OR Primary Election  411 Name Removed 
May 17, 2016 09:00am May 17, 2016 10:00pm Primary Election OR Primary Election  RP 
May 15, 2018 09:00am May 15, 2018 10:00pm Primary Election OR Primary Election  RP 
May 19, 2020 09:00am May 19, 2020 10:00pm Primary Election OR Primary Election  RP 

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Date Category Headline Article Contributor
May 19, 2021 04:55am General More Oregon counties vote to move into Idaho, part of rural effort to ‘gain political refuge from blue states’  Article RP 
Sep 06, 2020 02:00pm News Oregon bars GOP voter statement, says it was 29 seconds late  Article IndyGeorgia 
Jan 21, 2015 11:00am History Oregon Was Founded As a Racist Utopia  Article RP 
Nov 22, 2011 03:50pm Rule Change Kitzhaber stops Oregon's death penalty   Article RP 
Jun 30, 2010 11:00am Proposed Legislation New [OR] law prohibits credit history checks by most employers  Article RP 
Apr 02, 2009 02:00pm Blog Entry Semi-fusion voting  Article Ralphie 
Feb 25, 2009 12:40pm News Marionberry denied Oregon honour  Article Servo 
Dec 30, 2008 01:00pm Proposed Legislation Oregon will move to tax cars by the mile  Article RP 
May 19, 2008 09:00am News A Shift in Voters, but Oregon Still Embraces the Unconventional  Article ArmyDem 
Apr 29, 2008 11:55am Oops Voter guide to . . . phone sex? Sorry, wrong number  Article CBlock941 
Jan 19, 2008 11:45am News Oregon mayor unnerved by lingerie photos  Article The Sunset Provision 
Dec 29, 2007 10:00pm News Judge halts civil-unions law  Article The Sunset Provision 
Oct 09, 2007 11:55am News Law for domestic partners stands in Oregon  Article The Sunset Provision 
Aug 14, 2007 10:00pm News Oregon group running out of time to block pro-gay laws  Article The Sunset Provision 
Jun 28, 2007 01:00pm Proposed Legislation Paid family leave effort stumbles in Senate  Article CBlock941 
Jun 26, 2007 11:15am Proposed Legislation Paid family leave survives vote  Article CBlock941 
Jun 07, 2007 04:10pm News Oregon passes one of nation's toughest renewable energy standards  Article WesternDem 
May 24, 2007 01:00pm News [OR] Senate rejects measure for open primaries  Article WesternDem 
May 21, 2007 12:00pm News In legislature, freshmen rebels with a cause  Article CBlock941 
May 09, 2007 10:00pm News [OR] Governor [Kulongoski] signs gay-rights bills  Article WesternDem 
May 03, 2007 11:30am News [OR] Governor set to OK state civil unions  Article The Sunset Provision 
Mar 05, 2007 10:00am News In Salem, moderate + Republican = power  Article CBlock941 
Jan 02, 2007 02:00pm News [OR] Couples see hope for civil union law  Article The Sunset Provision 
Nov 10, 2006 03:00pm News Linder leads Roberts in pricey fight for high court  Article karin1492 
May 23, 2006 03:00pm Report Legislators shouldn’t show up drunk, panel says  Article CBlock941 
May 04, 2006 09:00pm News Important State meeting of the Constitution Party  Article Chronicler 
Oct 27, 2005 07:10pm Proposed Legislation Wyden Provides Real Tax Relief for Middle Class in “Simpler, Flatter, Fairer” Reform Plan  Article RP 
Jul 09, 2005 12:35pm News Oregon Senate Passes Civil Union Bill  Article The Sunset Provision 
May 05, 2005 03:00am News Tug of war intensifies on gay-marriage issue  Article None Entered 
Apr 14, 2005 11:00pm News [OR] Governor [Kulongoski] pushes for civil unions  Article WesternDem 
Mar 29, 2005 01:00am News Ore. Lawmakers Weigh Outlawing Foie Gras  Article Bob 
Mar 18, 2005 07:00pm Humor Football Player Caught With Stolen Sheep  Article BILLYW 
Aug 16, 2004 12:00am General Appeals court rejects Ashcroft's fight against assisted suicide  Article RP 
May 21, 2004 12:00am News Legislators finds Goldschmidt portrait offensive(poor conjugation skills not found offensive)  Article None Entered 
Mar 10, 2004 12:00am Election Guide [OR] GOP election lineup lacks major names  Article InspectorMorse 
Jan 01, 2004 12:00am News [Oregon] Governor defends job picks  Article PragCon 3.0 
Mar 26, 2003 02:21pm General OR GOP Bill: War Protestors are Terrorists  Article Default User 

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