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John B. Preston letter to Daniel Lownsdale

 Collection — Multiple Collection Box: [CA 1852 Dec 29] 1
Identifier: CA 1852 Dec 29

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of a single letter from Preston to Daniel Lownsdale, a Portland landowner.

In the letter, Preston requests that Lownsdale provide evidence of the validity of his land claim in general, and the boundary between his land and that of William W. Chapman in particular.


  • Creation: 1852 December 29


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Biographical / Historical

John B. Preston was appointed by President Millard Fillmore to be the first surveyor general of the Oregon Territory in 1850. He was removed from this position in 1853.


0.025 linear feet (1 container) : 1 folder

Language of Materials



John B. Preston was the first surveyor general of the Oregon Territory. The collection consists of a single letter from Preston to Daniel Lownsdale of Portland.

Processing Information

Collection processed by Austin Munsell, 2012.

Guide to the John B. Preston Letter to Daniel Lownsdale
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Finding aid is written in English
Funding for production of this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC).

Repository Details

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Eugene OR 97403-1299 USA