George Augustus La Dow

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George Augustus La Dow
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Oregon's At-large district
In office
March 4, 1875 – May 1, 1875
Preceded by James W. Nesmith
Succeeded by Lafayette Lane
Member of the Oregon House of Representatives
In office
Member of the Minnesota House of Representatives
In office
Personal details
Born March 18, 1826
Syracuse, New York
Died May 1, 1875 (aged 49)
Pendleton, Oregon
Political party Democratic

George Augustus La Dow (March 18, 1826 – May 1, 1875) was a U.S. Representative from Oregon. Elected as a Democrat due to a split among Republicans, La Dow died before Congress assembled.

Early life[edit]

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.

In 1862, he moved his law practice to Wilton, Minnesota and served as a member of the Minnesota House of Representatives in 1868 and 1869.

Congressional campaign of 1874[edit]

In 1869, La Dow moved to Pendleton, Oregon, serving one term as a member of the Oregon House of Representatives from 1872 to 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,[1] 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.[1][2]

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[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic George A. La Dow 9,642 38%
Republican Richard Williams 9,340 37%
Independent Timothy W. Davenport 6,350 25%


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 This article incorporates public domain material from the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress website

United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
James W. Nesmith
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Oregon's at-large congressional district

March 4, 1875 – May 1, 1875
Succeeded by
Lafayette Lane