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La Fayette GROVER

(1823-1911)
Senate Years of Service:
1877-1883
Party:
Democrat

GROVER, La Fayette, a Representative and a Senator from Oregon; born in Bethel, Oxford County, Maine, November 29, 1823; attended Gould’s Academy in Bethel and Bowdoin College, Brunswick, Maine 1844-1846; studied law in Philadelphia and admitted to the bar in 1850; moved to Oregon in 1851 and entered upon the practice of law in Salem; elected by the Territorial legislature prosecuting attorney for the second judicial district and auditor of public accounts for the Territory; elected to the Territorial house of representatives in 1853 and 1855; appointed by the Department of the Interior as a commissioner to audit the spoliation claims growing out of the Rogue River Indian War in 1854; appointed by the Secretary of War a member of the board of commissioners to audit the Indian war expenses of Oregon and Washington in 1856; delegate to the convention which framed the constitution of Oregon in 1857; upon the admission of Oregon as a State into the Union was elected as a Democrat to the Thirty-fifth Congress (February 15, 1859, to March 3, 1859); was not a candidate for renomination in 1858; resumed the practice of law and engaged in the manufacture of woolens; Governor of Oregon 1871-1877, when he resigned, having been elected as a Democrat to the United States Senate; elected to the United States Senate and served from March 4, 1877, to March 3, 1883; was not a candidate for reelection; chairman, Committee on Manufactures (Forty-sixth Congress); retired from public life and resumed the practice of law; died in Portland, Multnomah County, Oreg., May 10, 1911; interment in Riverview Cemetery.

Bibliography

Dictionary of American Biography.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present

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