Newell, Robert, 1807-1869

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Robert Newell was a fur trapper, pioneer, State legislator, and Indian agent of Oregon.

From the description of Memorandum of Robert Newell's travels in the territory of Missouri, 1829-1842. (University of Oregon Libraries). WorldCat record id: 55674689

Robert Newell was a fur trapper, pioneer, Oregon State legislator, Indian agent, and a member of a commission sent by Oregon's Provisional Government to hold council with Indian tribes on the Columbia River after the Whitman Massacre.

From the description of Memorandum of travel to the Kiyuse war, January 29-March, 25, 1848. (University of Oregon Libraries). WorldCat record id: 55675222

Nez Perce Indian agent.

From the description of Letter : Lewiston, Idaho Territory, to Medorem Crawford, Feb. 8, 1869. (University of Idaho Library). WorldCat record id: 42063818

Robert Newell traveled to the Willamette Valley, Oregon, via the Columbia River in 1841. He was a member of the legislative committee that formed the first laws of the Oregon territorial government in 1843. He became an interpreter for the Nez Percé Indians and in 1868 was sent to Washington D.C. as part of the commission to negotiate the Nez Percé treaty with the United States government. While in Washington D.C., he was appointed Agent of the Nez Percé Agency. He died in 1869 on land granted to him by the Nez Percé.

From the description of Collection of biographical materials of Robert Newell, including his 1868 diary, 1863-1931. (Huntington Library, Art Collections & Botanical Gardens). WorldCat record id: 122510366

Robert Newell, pioneer and trapper, was born March 30, 1807 near Zanesville, Ohio. He traveled west to the Oregon Country in 1840. He served as a member of the legislative committee of Oregon's provisional government (1843-1848) and was appointed peace commissioner following the Whitman Massacre (1847). He also worked as the director of the Oregon Printing Association, which published the Oregon Spectator newspaper. After moving to Idaho in 1861, Newell was chosen special commissioner and Indian agent at Lapwai (1862-1868). He died at Lewiston, Idaho in 1869.

From the description of Robert Newell papers, 1829-1868. (Oregon Historical Society Research Library). WorldCat record id: 32652152

From the guide to the Robert Newell papers, 1829-1868, (Oregon Historical Society)

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referencedIn Elliott, T. C. (Thompson Coit), 1862-1943. T.C. Elliott papers, 1903-1937. Oregon Historical Society Research Library
creatorOf Newell, Robert, 1807-1869. Memorandum of Robert Newell's travels in the territory of Missouri, 1829-1842. University of Oregon Libraries, UO Libraries
referencedIn Nesmith, James Willis, 1820-1885. James Willis Nesmith papers, 1845-1885. Oregon Historical Society Research Library
referencedIn James Willis Nesmith papers., 1845-1961, 1845-1885 Oregon Historical Society Research Library
referencedIn Admiralty Library-Higginson-Newell collection, 1721-1907 (inclusive), [microform]. Yale University Library
referencedIn Thompson Coit Elliott Papers, 1903-1937 Oregon Historical Society Research Library
referencedIn Lowell, Leslie M. Leslie M. Lowell papers [manuscripts], circa 1890-1960. Oregon Historical Society Research Library
creatorOf Newell, Robert, 1807-1869. Letter : Lewiston, Idaho Territory, to Medorem Crawford, Feb. 8, 1869. University of Idaho Library
creatorOf Robert Newell papers, 1829-1868 Oregon Historical Society Research Library
referencedIn Elliott, T. C. (Thompson Coit), 1862-1943. Historical papers and addresses by T. C. Elliott, Walla, Walla, Washington. Washington State University, Holland and Terrell Libraries
creatorOf Newell, Robert, 1807-1869. Memorandum of travel to the Kiyuse war, January 29-March, 25, 1848. University of Oregon Libraries, UO Libraries
creatorOf Newell, Robert, 1807-1869. Memorandum of Robert Newells travels in the territory of Missouri. (diary), 1829-1842. [microfilm]. Utah Division of State History, Utah Historical Society
referencedIn Philip Foster papers, 1834-1967, 1844-1874 Oregon Historical Society Research Library
creatorOf Newell, Robert, 1807-1869. Robert Newell papers, 1829-1868. Oregon Historical Society Research Library
creatorOf Newell, Robert, 1807-1869. Collection of biographical materials of Robert Newell, including his 1868 diary, 1863-1931. Huntington Library, Art Collections & Botanical Gardens
creatorOf Newell, Robert, 1807-1869. Papers, 1868-1877. Washington State University, Holland and Terrell Libraries
referencedIn Fish, Mary J. Mary J. Fish letters on Nathaniel Wyeth [manuscripts], 1866-1899. Oregon Historical Society Research Library
referencedIn Jenkins, Paul. The ramblings of Robert Newell, mountain man [manuscript], 1932. Oregon Historical Society Research Library
referencedIn Johansen, Dorothy O., 1904-. Dorothy Johansen papers [manuscript], 1827-1967. Oregon Historical Society Research Library
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associatedWith Ballard, David W., 1824-1883. person
correspondedWith Crawford, Medorem, 1819-1891 person
associatedWith Elliott, T. C. (Thompson Coit), 1862-1943. person
associatedWith Fish, Mary J. person
correspondedWith Foster, Philip, 1805-1884 person
associatedWith Grant, Ulysses S. (Ulysses Simpson), 1822-1885. person
correspondedWith Gray, W. H. (William Henry), 1810-1889 person
correspondedWith Gray, William Henry, 1810-1889 person
associatedWith Idaho Territory. Governor (1866-1870 : Ballard) corporateBody
associatedWith Jenkins, Paul. person
associatedWith Johansen, Dorothy O., 1904- person
associatedWith Johnson, Andrew, 1808-1875. person
associatedWith Lawyer, Chief, 1796-1876. person
correspondedWith Lockley, Fred, 1871-1958 person
associatedWith Lowell, Leslie M. person
correspondedWith Nesmith, James Willis, 1820-1885. person
associatedWith Taylor, N. G. (Nathaniel Green), 1819-1887. person
associatedWith United States. Bureau of Indian Affairs. corporateBody
associatedWith United States. Office of Indian Affairs. Nez Percé Agency. corporateBody
associatedWith University of Idaho. Library. Special Collections Dept. corporateBody
Place Name Admin Code Country
Missouri
Oregon
Lapwai (Idaho)
Northwest, Pacific
West (U.S.)
Oregon
Champoeg (Or.)
Idaho
Oregon Territory
Lewiston (Idaho)
Missouri
Idaho
Washington (D.C.)
West (U.S.)
Oregon Territory
Missouri
Champoeg (Or.)
Northwest (U.S.)
Northwestern States
Subject
Frontier and pioneer life--Oregon
Native Americans
Pioneers--Oregon--Correspondence
Nez Percé Indians--Treaties
Pioneers--Correspondence
Nez Percé Indians--Treaties
Indians of North America
Nez Perce Indians--Government relations
Overland journeys to the Pacific
Expeditions and Adventure
Indians of North America--Government relations--1789-1869
Frontier and pioneer life
Pioneers
Cayuse Indians--Wars
Whitman Massacre, 1847
Indians of North America--Treaties
Indians of North America--Wars--1877
Nez Perce Indians--Wars, 1877
Indians of North America--Idaho--Treaties
Indian agents--Diaries
Indian agents--Idaho--Diaries
Fur trade
Nez Percé Indian Reservation (Idaho)
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Birth 1807-03-30

Death 1869

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