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 Daniel Richardson Bigelow

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Daniel Richardson Bigelow

  • Birth 24 Mar 1824 Belleville, Jefferson County, New York, USA
  • Death 15 Sep 1905 Olympia, Thurston County, Washington, USA
  • Burial Olympia, Thurston County, Washington, USA
  • Memorial ID 37337734

Same stone as Ann E. Bigelow

Daniel was a Harvard-trained lawyer who crossed the Oregon Trail in 1851 and arrived in Olympia in November. Shortly after his arrival, he built a small cabin that also served as his law office, then took up one of the first homestead claims on what later became Olympia's east side. In 1854 he married Ann Elizabeth White, one of the first schoolteachers in Washington Territory. Together they were active in the community and politics. Daniel served in the first three terms of the Territorial Council (Senate) and helped found Olympia's first public school and later the Olympia Collegiate Institute. The Bigelows also worked throughout their lives to promote voting rights for women and civil rights for non-whites. Their home, built in the 1850s, survives today as the Bigelow House Museum, www.bigelowhouse.org
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  • Maintained by: Elaine and Bill Schrock
  • Originally Created by: B Wernex
  • Added: 21 May 2009
  • Find A Grave Memorial 37337734
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Daniel Richardson Bigelow (24 Mar 1824–15 Sep 1905), Find A Grave Memorial no. 37337734, citing Forest Memorial Gardens, Olympia, Thurston County, Washington, USA ; Maintained by Elaine and Bill Schrock (contributor 46915548) .