Born in Guelph, Ontario, Canada on May 20, 1873 and moved to Oregon by 1877. Gold Miner, Banker, State Land Agent, and member of the Oregon Railroad Commission. Oswald West became Governor in 1911 and achieved Women's Suffrage, Prohibition, Workmen's Compensation. Preservation of Oregon's natural resources were important to Oswald West and under his administration the beaches of Oregon were protected for public use, the offices of State Forester, Bureau of Forestry, and the Fish and Game Commission were created. Oswald West chose not to run for a second term, but practiced law, politics, and authored articles for newspapers from Portland, Oregon where he died August 22, 1960.
Memorial Marker photo: The marker sits on Hwy 101 inside Oswald West State Park. The marker reads:
"If sight of sand and sky and sea has given respite from your daily cares, then pause to thank Oswald West Former Governor of Oregon 1911- 1915 By his foresight nearly 400 miles of the Oregon shore was set aside for public use from the Columbia River to the North, to the California border on the South."
Bio by: RB