Rickreall in Polk County, Oregon — The American West (Northwest)
James W. Nesmith
Pioneer and Statesman
James W. Nesmith, born in New Brunswick, Canada on July 23, 1820, was among the first emigrants to trek the Oregon Trail in 1843. He filed a land claim near present day Monmouth in 1844, and the following year took part in the formation of Oregon’s Provisional Government. Nesmith was elected to the Territorial Legislature in 1847, and was instrumental in the formation of Polk County.
In 1853, Nesmith was appointed U.S. Marshall for the Oregon Territory and between 1857-59 he served as the region’s Superintendent of Indian Affairs. 1861-67 found Nesmith in the U.S. Senate, and the year 1873 saw him again in Washington, D.C. as Oregon’s Representative to Congress. James W. Nesmith died at his home near this site on June 17, 1885. He is buried in the family plot in Nesmith Historical Park along Rickreall Creek
Erected by Polk County Historical Society. (Marker Number V9.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Government & Politics • Settlements & Settlers Oregon Beaver Boards series list.
Location. 44° 55.603′ N, 123° 13.7′ W. Marker is in Rickreall, Oregon, in Polk County. Marker is at the intersection of Pacific Highway West (Oregon Route 99W) and Burch Grove Lane, on the right when traveling north on Pacific Highway West. Marker is located in pull-out on the east side of the highway, just north of the Polk County Fairgrounds. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 520 South Pacific Hwy W, Rickreall OR 97371, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 11 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Polk County Fairgrounds Applegate Trail Kiosk (approx. 0.2 miles away); Welcome to Dallas (approx. 4.4 miles away); T.G. Bligh Building (approx. 9.4 miles away); Salem (approx. 9˝ miles away); Dedicated to You, A Free Citizen in a Free Land (approx. 9.7 miles away); Willamette University College of Medicine (approx. 9.7 miles away); Column Segments (approx. 9.8 miles away); Herbert Hoover Boyhood Home (approx. 10.3 miles away).
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1. James Willis Nesmith.
In 1843, Nesmith arrived in Oregon where he studied law and was admitted to the bar before being selected to serve as Supreme Judge of the Provisional Government of Oregon in 1845. He finished his term in 1846 and moved to Polk County where he took (Submitted on February 2, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
2. A Polk Pioneer.
Col. James W. Nesmith, the namesake of the new Oregon Army National Guard Readiness Center in Dallas, also has been called "The Father of Polk County." Nesmith served as both a U.S. Senator and member of the U.S. House of Representatives, among (Submitted on February 2, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
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