Bourne, Jonathan, 1855-1940

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Birth 1855-02-23
Death 1940-09-01
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Jonathan Bourne was a native of New Bedford, Massachusetts and was educated at Harvard University. He came to Portland, Oregon in 1878 and practiced law for eight years. He became active in mine and real estate speculation and Republican politics. In 1885 and 1887 he was a member of the Oregon House of Representatives from Multnomah County, and from 1888 to 1892 a member of the Republican National Committee. He favored direct election of senators and was elected U.S. Senator in 1906 but was not re-elected in 1912. He led the movement for a presidental preference primary in Oregon, a system adopted in 1910. Considered a progressive, he was founder and president of the National Progressive Republican League in 1911 and organized the Republican Publicity Association in 1912.

From the description of Jonathan Bourne, Jr. papers, 1883-1940. (University of Oregon Libraries). WorldCat record id: 51054916

Jonathan Bourne was a native of New Bedford, Massachusetts, and was educated at Harvard University. He came to Portland, Oregon in 1878 and practiced law for eight years. He then became active in mine and real estate speculation and Republican politics. In 1885 and 1897, he was a member of the Oregon House of Representatives from Multnomah County, and from 1888 to 1892, a member of the Republican National Committee. An ardent free silver proponent, Bourne supported Bryan in 1896 presidential race. He favored direct election of senators, and was himself elected U. S. Senator in 1906, but was not re-elected in 1912. He led the movement for a presidential preference primary in Oregon; a system adopted in 1910. Considered a progressive, Bourne was a founder and president of the National Progressive Republican League in 1911 and organized the Republican Publicity Association in 1912.

Source: Schmitt, Martin. Catalogue of Manuscripts in the University of Oregon Library . Eugene, Oregon: University of Oregon Books, 1971. Entry 126.

From the guide to the Jonathan Bourne papers, 1883-1940, (Special Collections and University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries)

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Subjects:

  • Government and Politics
  • Legislators--Oregon
  • Lawyers
  • Photographs
  • Mines and Mineral Resources
  • Pacific Northwest History
  • Military pensions--United States--Civil War, 1861-1865
  • Mineral industries--United States
  • Campaign literature
  • Mineral industries
  • Oregon
  • Referendum
  • Legislators--United States
  • Scrapbooks
  • Campaign literature--United States
  • Legislators
  • Referendum--United States
  • Progressivism (United States politics)

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