John McLoughlin: Father of Oregon


John McLoughlin meets Narcissa Whitman, the first white woman in Oregon, in 1836 (mural in the rotunda of the Oregon Capitol)


ohn McLoughlin was one of the most influential figures of the fur trade and settlement periods of Pacific Northwest history. Chief Factor of the Columbia District of the British Hudson's Bay Company, he reigned as a benevolent autocrat, befriended Americans, and eventually became an American citizen at Oregon City. This exhibit provides glimpses of McLoughlin's life through documents held by the Oregon State Archives.

Career with Hudson's Bay Company

An eventful second career

A powerful legacy

Chronology of events

Related documents at the State Archives

Information about the images

Additional resources

McLoughlin bust
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