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Ben Wilson Olcott
Birth: Oct. 15, 1872
Keithsburg
Mercer County
Illinois, USA
Death: Jul. 21, 1952
Portland
Multnomah County
Oregon, USA

Ben Wilson Olcott was born in Illinois in 1872 and moved to Oregon in 1891. His occupations ranged from farmhand and sewer digger, to gold miner in the Yukon. When he settled again in Oregon, he worked for his brother-in-law, Oswald West, in the State Land Office. His involvement in politics continued, as he eventually served as Secretary of State. He became Governor of Oregon in 1919 when incumbant James Withycombe died in office. He narrowly lost a reelection bid to Walter Pierce (who was the K.K.K. candidate) after publicically denouncing the Klan. In 1924 he became the director of the Oregon Mutual Savings Bank in Portland, Oregon. He died in Portland, and is buried in Salem, Oregon.
 (bio by: RB) 
 
Family links: 
 Spouse:
  Lena Hutton Olcott (1882 - 1936)*
 
 Children:
  Chester W Olcott (1914 - 2003)*
  Gordon West Olcott (1915 - 2006)*
  Richard Hutton Olcott (1915 - 2004)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Mount Crest Abbey Mausoleum
Salem
Marion County
Oregon, USA
 
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Originally Created by: RB
Record added: Nov 20, 2001
Find A Grave Memorial# 5986390
Ben Wilson Olcott
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Ben Wilson Olcott
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