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Theodore Thurston Geer
Birth: Mar. 12, 1851
Death: Feb. 21, 1924

Governor of Oregon. Born in Waldo Hills, Oregon Territory, Theodore Geer received his education at Willamette University, and worked in agricultural pursuits for most of his younger life. In 1880 he was elected to the Oregon House of Representatives, serving one term. He was again elected to the same body in 1889, and served through 1894.He was chosen as the Speaker of the House in 1891. In 1898 Geer was elected as the Governor of Oregon, serving from January 9, 1899 until January 14, 1903. Geer was the first native-born Oregonian to become Governor. The most notable contribution of his administration was the addition of the First Amendment to the Oregon Constitution of 1857, which created the “initiative and referendum system” of legislation in Oregon. Governor Geer was also a keen bicyclist, and he devised the 1899 Cycle Path legislation which started a statewide system of bicycle paths. He was not successful for re-nomination in 1902. Following his retirement from office, Geer worked as an editor at the “Oregon Statesman” and later owned the “Pendleton Tribune.” He was also the author of “Fifty Years in Oregon,” published in 1911. Theodore Geer died on February 21, 1924. Geer Community Park in Salem is named in his family’s honor. (bio by: EddieM) 
 
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 Parents:
  Heman Johnson Geer (1828 - 1903)
  Cynthia Ann Eoff Trenschel (1833 - 1909)
 
 Spouses:
  Nancy G Duncan Geer (1841 - 1898)*
  Isabell Trullinger Geer (1861 - 1947)*
 
 Children:
  Maud Agnes Geer Bowles (1871 - 1907)*
  Theodosia Geer Little (1874 - 1948)*
  Fredrick Heman Geer (1877 - 1927)*
 
 Siblings:
  Theodore Thurston Geer (1851 - 1924)
  Judd Geer (1868 - 1924)**
  Blaine Geer (1880 - 1934)**
 
*Calculated relationship
**Half-sibling
 
Inscription:
Governor of Oregon 1899 to 1903
 
Note: His mother was Cynthia Ann Eoff born 4 Nov 1833 in Illinois.
 
Burial:
Rose City Cemetery
Portland
Multnomah County
Oregon, USA
 
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Record added: May 11, 2002
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Theodore Thurston Geer
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Theodore Thurston Geer
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Theodore Thurston Geer
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- Bonnie Rickman
 Added: Apr. 24, 2015

-Anonymous
 Added: Nov. 19, 2014
GOVERNER, YOU HAD A STATION ON THE SP GEER BRANCH NAMED AFTER YOU. THE LINE RAN EAST OUT OF SALEM TO GEER.
- MIKE ROUW
 Added: Sep. 25, 2014
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