Biographical Sketch of Enoch Hoult
Lane County delegate
Enoch Hoult was born in Monongahela County, West Virginia in 1825 and moved to Illinois in 1832. In 1853 he came with his wife and children to Oregon. Hoult lived in Lane County for ten years, then moved to Harrisburg in Linn County. Very “decided” in his political opinions, he was prominent in the Democratic Party.
In 1857 he was a delegate to the constitutional convention from Lane County and served on the Expenses of Convention Committee.
Hoult later served as state senator for Linn County from 1870 to 1882. During his last term as state senator he authored the bill to regulate fares and freight upon railroads known as the Hoult Law. He was described in later biographical works as “a warm-hearted, genial gentleman of the old school, full of public spirit, and a zealous worker in the interest of education.” Hoult died in Harrisburg on March 18, 1889.