George Augustus La Dow
|George Augustus La Dow|
|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Oregon's At-large district
March 4, 1875-May 1, 1875
|Preceded by||James W. Nesmith|
|Succeeded by||Lafayette Lane|
|Born||March 18, 1826
Syracuse, New York
|Died||May 1, 1875 (aged 49)
Born near Syracuse, New York, La Dow moved with his family to McHenry County, Illinois where he attended public school and studied law. In 1850, he was admitted to the bar and opened a law practice in Waupaca, Wisconsin. From 1860 to 1862, he served as district attorney of Waupaca County.
Congressional campaign of 1874
In 1874, he was selected as the Democratic nominee for Oregon's seat in the United States House of Representatives. Though little known outside of Umatilla County, due to a split among Oregon Republicans, La Dow faced not only Republican candidate Richard Williams, but also Timothy W. Davenport (father of political cartoonist Homer Davenport), who ran as an Independent. Williams and Davenport debated each other all around the state, split the Republican vote, and handed La Dow a plurality and the election.
However, before Congress convened its session, La Dow died on May 1, 1875. He was interred in Pioneer Park Cemetery in Pendleton.
|United States House election, 1874: Oregon's At-large congressional district|
|Democratic||George A. La Dow||9,642||38%|
|Independent||Timothy W. Davenport||6,350||25%|
- Geer, T. T. (1912). Fifty Years in Oregon: Experiences, Observations, and Commentaries Upon Men, Measures, and Customs in Pioneer Days and Later Times. The Neale Publishing Company. pp. 275–277.
- Ross, Earle Dudley (1910). The Liberal Republican Movement. Henry Holt and Company. p. 213. Retrieved 2008-02-26.
- White, David M. (1876). The Tribune Almanac and Political Register for 1876. Ayer Publishing. p. 54. ISBN 0-405-06385-7.
- George Augustus La Dow at the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress
- George Augustus La Dow at Find a Grave
This article incorporates public domain material from websites or documents of the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.