Biographical Sketch of Erasmus Shattuck
Erasmus D. Shattuck
Washington County delegate
Erasmus Darwin Shattuck was born Dec. 31, 1824 in Bakersfield, Vermont. He graduated from Vermont University in 1848 and early in his career taught school in Georgia and Maryland. He studied law and was admitted to the New York bar in 1852.
Shattuck came to Oregon in 1853 and began teaching at various schools in Washington County, eventually serving as superintendent of schools. He opened a law practice in Portland and acted as probate judge in 1856 and district attorney in 1861. He was a trustee of the Portland Academy and one of the founders of the Portland Library.
Shattuck was a “free state” delegate from Washington County to the constitutional convention and was member on the Committee of Education and School Land. He opposed the adoption of the constitution and was absent for the final vote.
He served as a circuit court judge from 1862 to 1867 and again from 1886 to 1898. He was also a state supreme court judge from 1874 to 1878. He died in Portland July 26, 1900.