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Rev Edward Ratchford Geary

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Rev Edward Ratchford Geary

Birth
Boonsboro, Washington County, Maryland, USA
Death
1 Sep 1886 (aged 75)
Eugene, Lane County, Oregon, USA
Burial
Eugene, Lane County, Oregon, USA
Plot
36
Memorial ID
34197874 View Source

Albany College, OR Biography Archives

Rev. Edward R. Geary was born in Boonsboro, Maryland on April 30, 1811. Geary graduated from Jefferson College in 1834 and studied for the seminary at Allegeny Theological College in Cannonsburg, Pennsylvania. Geary's first appointment as a minister was at Fredericksburg, Ohio.
In 1850 Geary was commissioned by the Presbyterian Board of Education and Domestic Missions to travel to Oregon to establish churches and establish a Christian academy and college. In 1851 he helped found the Presbytery of Oregon, preached, and gained employment as a U.S. District Court clerk in Yamhill County. From 1853-1855, Geary served as Secretary to Superintendent of Indian Affairs in Oregon and Washington Territory. The US President offered him Governorship of the Oregon and Washington Territory, which he declined. In 1856 Geary moved to Linn county where he worked as a minister at Corvallis, Calapooia, Brownsville, and Diamond Hill. From 1859-1861 Geary served as the Superintendent of Indian Affairs for Oregon and Washington. In 1866 he was appointed Linn County Judge, and from 1869-1871 he served as President of Albany College. Geary was instrumental in initial, ongoing planning and raising of money, including his own financing, to found Albany College. Prior to the founding of Albany College, Rev Geary attempted to establish the territory's first higher education institution by establishing Union Point College. In 1875 Geary moved to Eugene, Oregon to work as a minister, and serve as a Regent at the University of Oregon.
Geary died in 1886 but Albany College would grow beyond his dreams, and as Portland grew larger and higher education was in demand, Albany College moved its main campus there. Albany College would later be renamed after the famous Lewis and Clark, an honor if alive at the time, would have more than warmed his heart. Geary is credited, in addition to his other Federal, Territorial and State contributions in early and later pioneer days, with being the Founder of Lewis and Clark College based in Portland, Oregon.
His beloved brother, John White Geary, the famous Mexican American War Colonel and GAR Civil War Maj General, was one of General Meade's, General US Grant's and General Sherman's principal prosecuting Generals, his Pennsylvania Silver Stars Division driving Union success in decisive battles, including Gettysburg, Atlanta, Savannah and more in between and after. John White Geary was a two term Pennsylvania Governor, San Francisco's 1st Magistrate and Mayor, a Governor of Kansas Territory and ran after the Civil War in the Republican Primary against US Grant for the Republican presidential ticket. JW Geary could not have lost to a better man.
Edward and John's father, Richard Geary, died at a relatively young age and fought in the War of the Militias of 1812; grandfather Richard Geary was a soldier in the American Revolution.

Albany College, OR Biography Archives

Rev. Edward R. Geary was born in Boonsboro, Maryland on April 30, 1811. Geary graduated from Jefferson College in 1834 and studied for the seminary at Allegeny Theological College in Cannonsburg, Pennsylvania. Geary's first appointment as a minister was at Fredericksburg, Ohio.
In 1850 Geary was commissioned by the Presbyterian Board of Education and Domestic Missions to travel to Oregon to establish churches and establish a Christian academy and college. In 1851 he helped found the Presbytery of Oregon, preached, and gained employment as a U.S. District Court clerk in Yamhill County. From 1853-1855, Geary served as Secretary to Superintendent of Indian Affairs in Oregon and Washington Territory. The US President offered him Governorship of the Oregon and Washington Territory, which he declined. In 1856 Geary moved to Linn county where he worked as a minister at Corvallis, Calapooia, Brownsville, and Diamond Hill. From 1859-1861 Geary served as the Superintendent of Indian Affairs for Oregon and Washington. In 1866 he was appointed Linn County Judge, and from 1869-1871 he served as President of Albany College. Geary was instrumental in initial, ongoing planning and raising of money, including his own financing, to found Albany College. Prior to the founding of Albany College, Rev Geary attempted to establish the territory's first higher education institution by establishing Union Point College. In 1875 Geary moved to Eugene, Oregon to work as a minister, and serve as a Regent at the University of Oregon.
Geary died in 1886 but Albany College would grow beyond his dreams, and as Portland grew larger and higher education was in demand, Albany College moved its main campus there. Albany College would later be renamed after the famous Lewis and Clark, an honor if alive at the time, would have more than warmed his heart. Geary is credited, in addition to his other Federal, Territorial and State contributions in early and later pioneer days, with being the Founder of Lewis and Clark College based in Portland, Oregon.
His beloved brother, John White Geary, the famous Mexican American War Colonel and GAR Civil War Maj General, was one of General Meade's, General US Grant's and General Sherman's principal prosecuting Generals, his Pennsylvania Silver Stars Division driving Union success in decisive battles, including Gettysburg, Atlanta, Savannah and more in between and after. John White Geary was a two term Pennsylvania Governor, San Francisco's 1st Magistrate and Mayor, a Governor of Kansas Territory and ran after the Civil War in the Republican Primary against US Grant for the Republican presidential ticket. JW Geary could not have lost to a better man.
Edward and John's father, Richard Geary, died at a relatively young age and fought in the War of the Militias of 1812; grandfather Richard Geary was a soldier in the American Revolution.


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