Lafayette F. Mosher

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Lafayette Howe Mosher
23rd Associate Justice of the Oregon Supreme Court
In office
Appointed byLaFayette Grover
Preceded byAndrew J. Thayer
Succeeded byJohn Burnett (judge)
Personal details
BornSeptember 1, 1824
Latonia Springs, Kentucky
DiedMarch 27, 1890(1890-03-27) (aged 65)
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Winnifred Lane Mosher

Lafayette Howe Mosher (September 1, 1824 – March 27, 1890) was an American politician and judge in Oregon. He was the 23rd Associate Justice of the Oregon Supreme Court. Prior to joining the state's highest court in 1873 he served in the Oregon State Senate.

Early life[edit]

Mosher was born near Latonia Springs in Kentucky on September 1, 1824.[1] The son of Hannah Webster and her husband Stephen Mosher, Lafayette was educated in Cincinnati, Ohio at Woodward College where he received a Bachelor of Arts in 1843.[1] He later moved to Oregon Territory.[1]


On May 14, 1853, he arrived in Oregon.[1] Through 1854 he was involved in a movement in Southern Oregon to create a new territory, Jackson Territory.[1] In 1855 he was appointed as a registrar for the Southern Oregon District of the land office.[1] Then on July 1, 1856 Mosher married the daughter of former governor Joseph Lane, Winnifred, with whom he would have eight children.[1]

In 1870, he was appointed to the Oregon State Senate after the winner of the seat accepted a federal position and became ineligible for the legislature.[2] Mosher served as a Republican from Douglas County.[2] In 1873, he was appointed by Oregon Governor LaFayette Grover to the Oregon Supreme Court to replace Andrew J. Thayer who had died in office.[3][4] His term then ended the following year and Mosher left the court.[4] Lafayette Mosher died on March 27, 1890, in Roseburg, Oregon.[5]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g Corning, Howard M. Dictionary of Oregon History. Binfords & Mort Publishing, 1956.
  2. ^ a b Oregon Legislative Assembly (6th) 1870 Regular Session. Oregon State Archives. Retrieved on February 3, 2008.
  3. ^ Oregon State Archives: Oregon Governor's Records Guides. Oregon Secretary of State. Retrieved on February 3, 2008.
  4. ^ a b Oregon Blue Book: Earliest Authorities in Oregon - Supreme Court Justices of Oregon. Oregon Secretary of State. Retrieved on February 3, 2008.
  5. ^ Morning Oregonian. March 28, 1890. p. 6. Missing or empty |title= (help)