Melvin Clark George
Melvin Clark George
|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives|
from Oregon's At-large district
March 4, 1881 – March 3, 1885
|Preceded by||John Whiteaker|
|Succeeded by||Binger Hermann|
|Member of the Oregon Senate|
|Born||May 13, 1849|
|Died||February 22, 1933 (aged 83)|
He was born near Caldwell, Ohio to Presley and Mahala Nickerson George. He moved with his parents over the Oregon Trail in 1851 and settled on a homestead near Lebanon in Linn County, Oregon. In Oregon he attended country schools, then Santiam Academy, and finally Willamette University in Salem.
George served as member of the Oregon State Senate from Multnomah County from 1876 to 1880. In 1880, he was elected as a Republican to Oregon's At-large congressional district in the United States House of Representatives, defeating incumbent John Whiteaker by 1,397 votes. In 1882, he defeated Democrat William D. Fenton by 3,365 votes to become the first Oregon congressman to be re-elected to a second term. During his term in Congress, George promoted construction of jetties at the mouth of the Columbia River. He did not seek a third term in 1884.
Following his term in Congress, George served as a professor of medical jurisprudence at Willamette University from 1885 to 1889. He served on the Portland school board, and then in 1891, was appointed chairman of the Portland bridge commission, which sought to provide free bridges throughout the city. In this capacity, George oversaw the construction of the Burnside Bridge. George Park in the St. Johns neighborhood of Portland is named in his honor.
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- "George Park". Portland Parks and Recreation. Retrieved 2008-05-14.
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|U.S. House of Representatives|
| Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Oregon's at-large congressional district