Col Charles Edward “Philosopher Pickett” Pickett

Col Charles Edward “Philosopher Pickett” Pickett

Birth
Fauquier County, Virginia, USA
Death 16 Nov 1882 (aged 65)
Mariposa, Mariposa County, California, USA
Burial Mariposa, Mariposa County, California, USA
Memorial ID 24762312 · View Source
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Charles Edward Pickett was the ninth Child of James Sanford Pickett and Nancy Ann Smith of "the Fruit Farm Plantation" in Loudoun County Va. At a young age he moved to Tennessee with his older brother William Sanford, where he met President Polk.
In the summer of 1842 he nearly fell into the company of Charles Warfield in St. Louis, on his way to Oregon Territory.
He published the first newspapers in Oregon, the Flumgudgeon Gazette and Bumble Bee Budget (June 1845) These were hand-written. In December of that year he was appointed district judge of Clackamas County. He had a feud with the Indian agent, Elijah White, over treatment of his charges. In 1846 before he was to be appointed editor of the Oregon Spectator a feud with some backers ended up with his dismissal.
He formed a committee of Indians, Canadians and Americans to end the constant boarder clashes of the time, which did not end until his cousin, Captain George Edward Pickett challenged the British at San Juan Island in the 'Pig war' of 1856.
In June of 1846 he attended meetings with the British on the 54-40 problem.
He was one of the original Oregon Rangers patrolling the area.
On Friday 26 June 1846 arrive in Yerba Buena (San Francisco) on an American man-of-war. The Bear Flag Revolt began 10 days before. Fremont harshly treated many Californians and he protested the injustice. Fremont threw him in jail with Col. Vallej and his fellow Sonomans, where he had been a guard. Pickett became a life long friend and was granted land to raise Sheep. He opened a store in Ft. Sutter.
On the Outbreak of the War with Mexico Pickett became a Col. in the Yerba Buena Volunteer Scouts. Performing missions for Regular troops under Capt. John Montgomery.
After the war he had an office with many Lawyers in the city, but he tried his hand at many ventures. He wrote in many Newspapers, including the California Star. He became well known for his pamphlets and steadfast support for various causes and he wrote to leaders of his day challenging governmental policy.
In 1848 he turned down an appointment to the Indian Affairs Department from President Polk.
During the Civil War he supported the Southern Cause and wrote about it. He lectured at many places and was often found in court, some times testifying.
He was regarded as a master geologist and animal breeder. He never married and died in a boarding house in Mariposa, California. He is buried in the town cemetery, where the sandstone tomb stones have been destroyed mostly by weather.
A little known biography was written by L.W. Powell of UCLA's Library. Several of his writings are to be found, but considered rare, as they were privately published.
Many considered him insane or eccentric.


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  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Col Charles Edward “Philosopher Pickett” Pickett (23 Oct 1817–16 Nov 1882), Find A Grave Memorial no. 24762312, citing Mariposa District Cemetery, Mariposa, Mariposa County, California, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave (contributor 8) .