US Congressman. He was born one of nine children to James McBride (1802-1875), and his wife Mahala Miller McBride (1811-1876). He was educated locally and then moved with his family to Lafayette, Oregon, where he became the superintendent of schools at the age of twenty-two. He then studied law and was admitted to the bar in 1855, and commenced his practice of law in Lafayette, Oregon, shortly thereafter. He then entered politics and served as a Delegate to the Oregon State Constitutional Convention from Yamhill County, Oregon, in 1857. He also served as a Member of the Oregon State Senate from 1860 to 1862. He then decided to run for a seat in the United States Congress and was elected to succeed the outgoing United States Representative George Knox Shiel (1825-1893), on March 4, 1863. A Member of the Republican Party, he then served Oregon as At-Large (Thirty-Eighth Congress), in the United States House of Representatives from March 4, 1863, to March 3, 1865. He was an unsuccessful Candidate for renomination for a second term in 1864. After his term in the United States Congress expired he was succeeded in office by United States Representative James Henry Dickey Henderson (1810-1885), on March 4, 1865. After his time in the United States Congress, he served as Chief Justice of the Idaho Territorial Supreme Court after being personally pointed to that post by then-President of the United States Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865), in 1864. He served in the position of the Chief Justice of the Idaho Territorial Supreme Court from 1865 to 1869. He was also personally appointed by the then-President of the United States Ulysses S. Grant (1822-1885), as Superintendent of the United States Assay Office in Boise, Idaho. He also served as a Member of the Republican National Committee from the Idaho Territory in 1872, and as a Member of the Republican National Committee from Washington from 1880 to 1892. He retired from politics shortly thereafter to pursue other options. He then practiced law in Boise, Idaho, and Salt Lake City, Utah, for a time before moving to Spokane, Washington, where he continued with his practice. He was cremated in Portland, Oregon, and he was buried in the family plot in Saint Helens, Oregon. His youngest brother, George Wycliffe McBride (1854-1911), served as a United States Senator from Oregon. His other younger brother Thomas Allan McBride (1847-1930), was the Chief Justice of the Oregon Supreme Court three times from 1913 to 1915, 1917 to 1921, and 1923 to 1927.
Bio by: Kris 'Peterborough K' Peterson