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Nesmith-McArthur family of Oregon

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  James Willis Nesmith (1820-1885) — also known as James W. Nesmith — of Salem, Marion County, Ore.; Rickreall, Polk County, Ore. Born in New Brunswick of American parents, July 23, 1820. Democrat. Lawyer; U.S. Senator from Oregon, 1861-67; U.S. Representative from Oregon at-large, 1873-75. Scotch-Irish ancestry. Died in Rickreall, Polk County, Ore., June 17, 1885 (age 64 years, 329 days). Interment at Nesmith Family Cemetery, Rickreall, Ore.
  Relatives: Father of Jennie Nesmith (who married Levi Ankeny) and Harriet K. Nesmith (who married Lewis Linn McArthur); grandfather of Clifton Nesmith McArthur; cousin *** of Joseph Gardner Wilson.
  Political family: Nesmith-McArthur family of Oregon.
  The World War II Liberty ship SS James W. Nesmith (built 1942 at Portland, Oregon; damaged by a torpedo and later scuttled in the North Sea, 1946) was named for him.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Wikipedia article — Find-A-Grave memorial
  Joseph Gardner Wilson (1826-1873) — also known as Joseph G. Wilson — of The Dalles, Wasco County, Ore. Born in New Hampshire, 1826. Republican. Justice of Oregon state supreme court, 1862-70; member of Republican National Committee from Oregon, 1872-73; U.S. Representative from Oregon at-large, 1873; died in office 1873. Died July 2, 1873 (age about 47 years). Interment at Pioneer Cemetery, The Dalles, Ore.
  Relatives: Cousin *** of James Willis Nesmith.
  Political family: Nesmith-McArthur family of Oregon.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page
  Lewis Linn McArthur (1843-1897) — also known as L. L. McArthur — of Oregon. Born in Portsmouth, Va., March 18, 1843. County judge in Oregon, 1868; justice of Oregon state supreme court, 1870-78; district judge in Oregon, 1878-83; U.S. Attorney for Oregon, 1886-90. Died in Portland, Multnomah County, Ore., May 10, 1897 (age 54 years, 53 days). Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of William Pope McArthur and Mary Stone (Young) McArthur; married to Harriet K. Nesmith (daughter of James Willis Nesmith); father of Clifton Nesmith McArthur.
  Political family: Nesmith-McArthur family of Oregon.
  Levi Ankeny (1844-1921) — of Lewiston, Nez Perce County, Idaho; Walla Walla, Walla Walla County, Wash. Born near St. Joseph, Buchanan County, Mo., August 1, 1844. Republican. Mayor of Lewiston, Idaho, 1870; banker; delegate to Republican National Convention from Washington, 1900 (delegation chair), 1904; U.S. Senator from Washington, 1903-09; member of Republican National Committee from Washington, 1904-08. Died, following a stroke of paralysis, in Walla Walla, Walla Walla County, Wash., March 29, 1921 (age 76 years, 240 days). Interment at Mountain View Cemetery, Walla Walla, Wash.
  Relatives: Married, October 2, 1867, to Jennie Nesmith (daughter of James Willis Nesmith).
  Political family: Nesmith-McArthur family of Oregon.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page
  Clifton Nesmith McArthur (1879-1923) — also known as Clifton N. McArthur — of Portland, Multnomah County, Ore. Born in The Dalles, Wasco County, Ore., June 10, 1879. Republican. Lawyer; cattle breeder; secretary of Oregon Republican Party, 1908; private secretary to Gov. Frank W. Benson, 1909-11; member of Oregon state house of representatives, 1913; U.S. Representative from Oregon 3rd District, 1915-23; defeated, 1922. Episcopalian. Member, Sons of the American Revolution; Sigma Nu; Freemasons; Shriners; Elks. Died in 1923 (age about 44 years). Cremated.
  Relatives: Son of Lewis Linn McArthur and Harriet (Nesmith) McArthur; married, June 25, 1913, to Lucile Smith; grandson of James Willis Nesmith.
  Political family: Nesmith-McArthur family of Oregon.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page
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