WHITEAKER, John (1820-1902)

WHITEAKER, JOHN, a Representative from Oregon; born in Dearborn County, near Fort Wayne, Ind., May 4, 1820; was self-educated and engaged in agricultural pursuits and stock raising; moved to the Pacific coast in 1849, and settled in Lane County, Oreg., in 1852; elected judge of probate for Lane County in 1855; member of the Territorial legislature in 1857; Governor of the State of Oregon 1859-1862; member of the State house of representatives in 1866 and 1868, and served as speaker; again elected to the State house of representatives in 1870; member of the State board of equalization in 1872, and served as chairman; member of the commission to examine, report upon, and receive the locks and canal at the falls of the Willamette River; member of the State senate 1876-1880, and served as president of the sessions of 1876 and 1878; elected as a Democrat to the Forty-sixth Congress (March 4, 1879-March 3, 1881); chairman, Committee on Revolutionary Pensions (Forty-sixth Congress); was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1880 to the Forty-seventh Congress; appointed internal-revenue collector for the district of Oregon and served from June 20, 1885, to February 27, 1890; moved to Eugene, Lane County, Oreg., in 1889 and died there October 2, 1902; interment in the Masonic Cemetery.

Lane County Historical Society and Museum
Eugene, OR
Papers: 1858-1944, approximately 50 items.
The papers of John Whiteaker include a variety of memorandum books, photograph albums, family memorabilia, notes for a few speeches, and several Oregon imprints. Of particular interest are: a scrapbook of Oregon political clippings (1861-1865); ledger of appointments by the Governor (1859-1862); and an undated resolution from a Democratic convention in Lane County regarding apportionment of convention delegates. Also includes material concerning the liberty ship, S.S. John Whiteaker, launched in 1943.


Oregon Historical Society
Portland, OR
Papers: 1861 and 1886, 2 volumes.
Two scrapbooks of materials relating to Governor John Whiteaker.

Photographs: In the Photographs: WHITEAKER-WHITL, n.d., 1 folder.
Persons represented include John Whiteaker.

Papers: In the Benjamin Stark Papers, 1829-1894, 3 cubic feet.
Correspondents include John Whiteaker.

Papers: In the Vertical File: Paleontology - Prehistoric Animals ca. 1867-1970, 1 folder.
The folder contains information documenting the discovery in 1867 of ancient bones, by Oregon governor John Whiteaker.


University of Oregon Library
Eugene, OR
Papers: ca. 1859-1885. 5 items and 3 volumes.
The papers of John Whiteaker contain letters of recommendation, autobiographical notes and remarks on the political history of Oregon, a Governor's appointment book, and a scrapbook of political clippings. The collection, in part, consists of photocopies of original papers from the Lane County Museum.