Melvin C. George certificate
Scope and Contents
This collection is comprised of the certificate permitting Melvin C. George to practice as an attorney before the U.S. Supreme Court. The motion to grant him this standing was made by J. H. Mitchell, and the certificate is signed by James H. McKenney, Clerk of the Supreme Court of the United States.
- 1881 November 30
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Biographical / Historical
Melvin C. George was born near Caldwell, Ohio on May 13th, 1849 to Presley and Mahala (Nickerson) George. After losing five of their eight children to diphtheria and scarlet fever, the family headed west, eventually settling near Lebanon, Oregon, where Presley worked as a farmer.
Melvin attended Santiam Academy, and later Willamette University in Salem. Upon graduation from college, he worked briefly as a teacher at the Santiam Academy, then as the principal of the public school in Albany, and finally in the office of Judge Powell of Albany. He opened his own practice in Portland in 1877, and in 1898 was elected judge of the State Circuit Court. He was a member of the Oregon State Senate from 1876 to 1880, and served in the United States House of Representatives from 1881 to 1885. He also served as director of the Portland Public School System, and as Chairman of the Board of Bridge Commissioners.
In 1872, Melvin married Mary Eckler in Lebanon, Oregon; they had three children together. Melvin C. George died February 22, 1933.
[Source: Gaston, Joseph. Portland, Oregon: Its History and Builders. Portland, OR: The S.J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1911.]
0.1 linear feet (1 container) : 1 folder
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Collection is comprised of the certificate permitting Melvin C. George to practice as an attorney before the U.S. Supreme Court.
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