Wednesday, May 2, 2018

General Francis Marion shows up in Marion County

May 2, 2018, marks the 175th anniversary of the vote at Champoeg to form Oregon's first provisional government. To commemorate this, the Marion County Commissioners held a meeting at Champoeg Visitor Center. Lewis & Clark Chapter President, Michael Tieman, appeared as General Francis Marion, a fierce adversary of the British in South Carolina during the Revolutionary War. Marion County was originally the Champooick District and was created on July 5, 1843. On September 3, 1849, the territorial legislature changed the name of Champoeg County, as it was then called, to Marion County in honor of General Marion.

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