WILSON, Joseph Gardner (1826-1873)

WILSON, JOSEPH GARDNER, (cousin of James Willis Nesmith), a Representative from Oregon; born in Acworth, Sullivan County, N.H., December 13, 1826; moved with his parents to Cincinnati, Ohio, in 1828 and later to a farm near Reading, Hamilton County; attended the district schools until 1840 and Cary's Academy from 1840 to 1842; was graduated from Marietta (Ohio) College in 1846; professor in Farmer's College, near Cincinnati, in 1849; was graduated from the Cincinnati Law School in 1852 and was admitted to the bar; moved to Oregon Territory in 1852 and commenced the practice of law in Salem, Oreg.; clerk of the Territorial legislature in 1853; first secretary of the Willamette Woolen Co. when it was established in 1854; prosecuting attorney of Marion County 1860-1862; associate judge of the State supreme court 1864-1866 and 1868-1870; unsuccessful candidate for election in 1870 to the Forty-second Congress; resumed the practice of his profession; elected as a Republican to the Forty-third Congress and served from March 4, 1873, until his death in Marietta, Ohio, July 2, 1873; interment in Pioneer Cemetery, The Dalles, Oreg.

Oregon Historical Society
Portland, OR
Papers: ca. 1870-1951, 1 volume.
A scrapbook containing photographs and newsclippings. Persons represented include Joseph Gardner Wilson.

Papers: In the Frederick Wallace Wilson Family Papers, 1856-1942, 0.9 cubic foot.
A series of records in the collection is from Joseph Gardner Wilson. A finding aid is available in the repository and online.


Oregon State Archives
Salem, OR
Papers: In the William P. Lord Papers, 1814-1911, 2 cubic feet.
Correspondents include Joseph Gardner Wilson.


University of Oregon Library
Eugene, OR
Papers: In the Frederick Wilson Papers, 1872-1958, amount unknown.
Persons represented include Joseph Gardner Wilson.


Washington State University
Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections
Pullman, WA
Papers: n.d., 1 leaf.
A letter from James Willis Nesmith to J..G. Wilson inquiring into management of a ranch.