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Luther D. Mahone papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: Coll 080

Scope and Contents

The collection contains diaries, essays, sermons, manuscripts, and civic and business related organizations.

The collection is organized topically into three series, Politics, Religion and Other Organizations.

Politics includes two diaries, essays, Progressive League and Abraham Lincoln Memorial Society documents.

Religion contains a diary, First Congregational Church of Astoria records and publications, sermons and sermon reviews.

Other Organizations includes correspondence, poems, short stories, and notes, publications of the League of Western Writers, minutes of the Security Benefit association, and correspondence with the United Spanish War Veterans (society).


  • 1896-1952


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open to the public. Collection must be used in Special Collections and University Archives Reading Room. Collection or parts of collection may be stored offsite. Please contact Special Collections and University Archives in advance of your visit to allow for transportation time.

Conditions Governing Use

Property rights reside with Special Collections and University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries. Copyright resides with the creators of the documents or their heirs. All requests for permission to publish collection materials must be submitted to Special Collections and University Archives. The reader must also obtain permission of the copyright holder.

Biographical / Historical

Luther D. Mahone (1878-1966) was born in Hamlin, West Virginia and attended schools in West Virginia and Ohio, obtained some theological training at the West Virginia Conference Seminary, and a law degree from Volent College, Pennsylvania. He served as a captain in the Spanish-American War.

After the war Mahone began his career as a Methodist-Episcopal minister. He settled in Oregon, serving as pastor of the First Congregational Church in Astoria from 1904-1905. He later established a law practice in Portland, where he became involved with the League of Western Writers as their legal advisor.

While in Oregon he married Adelle Wentworth. Mahone served as secretary of the Anti-Saloon League in 1903, and was active in the Oregon Progressive Republican League and the Abraham Lincoln Memorial Society. He also served as president of the League of Western Writers, secretary of the Security Benefit Association, and field secretary of the Spanish War Veterans. Mahone died in 1966.


2 linear feet (4 containers) : 4 clam shell boxes

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Luther D. Mahone (1878-1966) was a captain in the Spanish-American war, a lawyer, and a Methodist-Episcopal minister. The collection contains diaries, essays, sermons, manuscripts, and civic and business related organizations.

Other Finding Aids

Paper finding aid with additional information is available in Special Collections & University Archives.

Processing Information

Collection processed by Mary Beth Herkert, 1984.

This finding aid may be updated periodically to account for new acquisitions to the collection and/or revisions in arrangement and description.

Guide to the Luther D. Mahone Papers
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Finding aid prepared by University of Oregon Libraries, Archivists' Toolkit Project Team and Tanya Parlet.
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Funding for production of this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC).

Repository Details

Part of the University of Oregon Libraries, Special Collections and University Archives Repository

1299 University of Oregon
Eugene OR 97403-1299 USA