Harrison Rittenhouse Kincaid

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Harrison Rittenhouse Kincaid

Death 7 Oct 1920 (aged 84)
Burial Eugene, Lane County, Oregon, USA
Plot 167
Memorial ID 11785915 · View Source
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Married to Augusta A. Kincaid. Father of Webster L. Kincaid, Sr.

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?? Settlements on Trail West of Missouri to Oregon City When Family Left Indiana.
Harrison R. Kincaid, Oregon pioneer and well known in political and journalistic circles throughout the state, died at the home of his son, Webster L. Kincaid, 990 Wasco street, yesterday. The date for the funeral has not yet been announced.

Mr. Kincaid was born in Fall Creek, Ind. January 2, 1836. He received his education in country schools and worked on the farm until his 17th year. In 1853 his parents decided to migrate to Oregon, and the boy drove an ox team from Indiana to Oregon. At that time, it is said, there was not a house where the city of Omaha now stands nor a settlement along the emigrant trail west of the Missouri river to Oregon City. The family settled in Eugene, Or., where Mr. Kincaid had resided ever since.

After several years spent in the mines in southern Oregon and in the mines and ranches in the Sierra Nevadas and the Sacramento valley, Mr. Kincaid returned to Eugene and entered Columbia college there, where he studied two years, having as classmates Joaquin Miller, J. F. Watson, judge; W. H. Byars, surveyor-general, and others since prominent in public affairs.

Editor of Oregon Journal.
At the conclusion of his scholastic work, he entered the office of the People's Press in Eugene, at that time the leading republican paper of the state, and wrote most of the campaign editorials preceding the election of Lincoln and Hamlin. In March, 1864, Mr. Kincaid issued the first number of the Oregon State Journal at Eugene.

From 1858 to 1879, he served as clerk in the United States senate, at the same time writing a weekly letter and most of the editorials for his paper, in addition to being Washington correspondent for the Oregonian, Portland Bulletin and other city papers. He advocated the remonetization of silver through his editorials in 1877, at a time when no other paper of the state was its champion.

In the political field Mr. Kincaid was one of the six delegates from Oregon in the national republican convention at Chicago in 1868 which nominated Grant and Colfax, and was also a delegate from Oregon in the republican national convention at Philadelphia in 1872, which renominated Grant for president and placed Henry Wilson on the ticket for vice-president. In 1870 he was republican nominee for state printer, and although the entire ticket was defeated, Mr. Kincaid received more votes than any other member on the ticket.

State Secretary office Held.
In April, 1894, he was the unanimous choice of the Lane County delegates for secretary of state and at the republican state convention held in Portland in the same year, was supported by a majority of the state delegates. He was elected secretary of state in June, 1894, and assumed the duties of his office in January 1895.

Mr. Kincaid was married to Augusta A. Lockwood, daughter of Stephen and Diana Lockwood of Macomb county, Michigan, in 1873. He is survived by one son, Webster L. Kincaid, and two grandsons, Harrison R. Kincaid, Jr., and Webster l. Kincaid Jr.

He will be buried in the odd Fellows cemetery at Eugene, Or.

Date: Sunday, October 3, 1920
Paper: Oregonian (Portland, OR)
Volume: XXXIX
Issue: 40
Section: One
Page: 21
Thaanks to Graves for the obit.


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