Medorem Crawford - Political Career

Political Career

In early 1843, Crawford attended the Champoeg Meetings that were held to determine if Euro-American settlers wanted to form a government. On May 2, 1843, a vote was held creating the Provisional Government of Oregon, with Crawford voting for the creation of the government. In 1847, he was elected to the Provisional Legislature to represent the Clackamas District. He returned for the next session, held from 1848 to 1849, the final session of the Provisional Government.

The United States created the Oregon Territory in 1848, displacing the Provisional Government. In 1859, Oregon became the 33rd state of the Union. In 1860, Crawford was elected as a Republican to serve Yamhill County in the Oregon House of Representatives, his last elected office. While in the legislature he helped elect Edward Dickinson Baker to the United States Senate.

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