Biographical Sketch of La Fayette Grover

Portrait of La Fayette Grover

Signature of La Fayette Grover

La Fayette Grover 

Born 1823 
Died 1911 
Marion County delegate

La Fayette Grover was born on Nov. 29, 1823, in Bethel, Maine. He attended Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine and studied law in Philadelphia where he was admitted to the bar in 1850.

Grover originally came west to California but early in 1851 took a steamer to Oregon and settled in Salem where he practiced law. He served in the territorial legislature from 1853 to 1856. In 1853 Grover compiled the early government’s public papers and published a volume know as the Oregon Archives.

Grover served as a delegate for Marion County to the constitutional convention in 1857 and served as chairman of the Committee on the Bill of Rights, as chair for the Committee on the Schedule and as member of the Committee on the Judiciary.

He was elected as the first U. S. Representative for Oregon in 1858, but due to the delay in passage of the statehood act, by the time he gained his seat there was less than a month remaining in his term. Grover served as governor from 1871 to 1877 and was U.S. senator from 1877 to 1883. He died in Portland on May 10, 1911.