Biographical Sketch of John C. Peebles

Signature of John C. Peebles

John C. Peebles 

Born 1826 
Died 1898 
Marion County delegate

John Cannon Peebles was born in Northumberland County, Pennsylvania on Jan. 23, 1826. At age fourteen he moved with his parents to Indiana. He crossed the plains to Oregon in September of 1850.

Peebles married Eliza Jane Mark on Nov. 27, 1851 and they filed for a donation land claim in Marion County located sixteen miles north of Salem. He became associated with Ben Simpson in a store on this land and eventually the town of Fairfield was established. In 1852 the first post office at Fairfield was established with J.C. Peebles as postmaster. He served in the territorial legislature from 1853 to 1856.

Peebles was elected as a delegate to the constitutional convention from Marion County. He was chairman of the Committee on Education and School Lands.

He was state librarian one term, and in 1862 he was elected county judge of Marion County and served three terms. Peebles died in Marion County on Feb. 11, 1898.