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Governor Whiteaker convenes the legislature of the new state of Oregon for the first time

Oregon Territory, 1857
05/16/1859
Elected the previous summer, Governor John Whiteaker called the Oregon legislature to the capital city of Salem and immediately set about organizing the the new state. A new seal was adopted, state taxes were passed, a special election for a U.S. congressional representative set, along with other measures. (By John Osborne)
Source Citation: 
Benson J. Lossing, Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History From 458 A.D. to 1902, Volume IX (New York: Harper & Brothers, 1902), 199.

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