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Col Joseph Lafayette Meek

Col Joseph Lafayette Meek

Birth
Washington County, Virginia, USA
Death 20 Jun 1875 (aged 65)
Hillsboro, Washington County, Oregon, USA
Burial Hillsboro, Washington County, Oregon, USA
Memorial ID 6349985 · View Source
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In 1829, at the age of 19, Meek signed up to be a Rocky Mountain trapper and worked this trade for 11 years. By 1840 the declining fur trade caused Meek to look for other employment. He was involved with guiding the early wagon trains to Oregon. He settled in Washington County, and became a farmer and political activist, trying to make Oregon part of the United States. He served as sheriff in 1843, under the newly formed Provisional Government. Joseph Meek also served in the legislature in 1846 and 1847. Meek travelled to Washington DC to petition President James Polk for territorial status, and in 1848 Polk appointed Meek the position of Federal Marshal. As such, Meek oversaw the 1850 execution of the Indians found guilty in the Whitmas Massacre. Joseph Meek also served inthe 1855 Yakima War, and earned the rank of Major. Meek stayed involved in politics and helped form the Republican Party of Oregon.

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  • Created by: RB
  • Added: 15 Apr 2002
  • Find A Grave Memorial 6349985
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Col Joseph Lafayette Meek (9 Feb 1810–20 Jun 1875), Find A Grave Memorial no. 6349985, citing Old Scotch Church Cemetery, Hillsboro, Washington County, Oregon, USA ; Maintained by RB (contributor 45982754) .