White, Elijah, 1806-1879

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Birth 1806
Death 1879-04-03

Biographical notes:

Dr. Elijah White, pioneer physician and sub-Indian agent, was born in 1806 in New York state. In 1836, White was appointed by the Methodist Church to serve as a doctor at Jason Lee's Willamette Mission. He served at the mission until 1841, when he disagreed with Lee regarding mission policy and resigned, returning east by ship. In 1842, he was commissioned sub-Indian agent of Oregon by the federal government. His responsibilities as Indian agent concerned primarily the Nez Percé and Cayuse tribes. In 1861, White was chosen as an Indian agent to the California region. Elijah White died on April 3, 1879.

From the description of Papers, 1842-1862. (Oregon Historical Society Research Library). WorldCat record id: 32315769

Elijah White (1806–1879) was a missionary and agent for the United States government in the Oregon Territory.

John Shively (1804-1894) was a pioneer and early resident of Astoria, Oregon. In 1847, he was appointed postmaster of Astoria by president James K. Polk--the first postmaster west of the Rocky Mountains.

From the guide to the Elijah White bond, August 13, 1846, (Special Collections and University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries)


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