Oliver P. Coshow
|Oliver P. Coshow|
|Coshow circa 1910|
|23rd Chief Justice of the Oregon Supreme Court|
|Preceded by||John L. Rand|
|Succeeded by||Henry J. Bean|
|53rd Associate Justice of the Oregon Supreme Court|
|Preceded by||Lawrence T. Harris|
|Succeeded by||James U. Campbell|
|Born||August 14, 1863
|Died||December 18, 1937(aged 74)|
Oliver Perry Coshow (August 14, 1863-December 18, 1937) was an American attorney and politician in Oregon. He was the 23rd Chief Justice of the Oregon Supreme Court, serving on Oregon’s highest court from 1924 to 1931. The Oregon native earlier had served in the Oregon Legislative Assembly.
Oliver Coshow was born on August 14, 1863 in Brownsville, Oregon to Oliver, Sr. and Sarah Cochran. His parents immigrated from Indiana in 1851. After receiving his primary education in the local schools he attended the University of Oregon in Eugene where he graduated in 1885. After graduation he worked in the retail filed in Roseburg, Oregon and Brownsville before studying law in Albany, Oregon.
After passing the state bar in 1890, Coshow began practicing law in Albany for two years before moving to McMinnville, Oregon, where he practiced from 1892 to 1897. He then moved back to Roseburg where he was in private practice from 1897 to 1924. During this time he was elected as a Democrat to the state senate representing Douglas County, serving from 1905 through the 1907 legislature.
On January 15, 1924, Oliver Coshow was appointed by Oregon Governor Walter M. Pierce to replace justice Lawrence T. Harris on the Oregon Supreme Court after Harris resigned his position. Coshow then won a full six-year term in 1924 and his term ended without re-election. While on the court he served as chief justice from 1929 to 1931.
Oliver was married in 1886 to Elizabeth Kay of Salem, and they would have four daughters together.
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- Oregon Legislative Assembly (23rd) 1905 Regular Session. Oregon State Archives. Retrieved on January 22, 2008.
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- Oregon Blue Book: Oregon Governors. Oregon Secretary of State. Retrieved on January 22, 2008.