1999 "First Edition" stated on copyright page; autographed by Dorothey Nafus Morrison on title page to previous owner (see pic); Oregon Historical Society Press publishers, Portland, Oregon; thicker hardbound; very good condition with unmarked pages; dust jacket very good.
Dr. John McLoughlin, chief factor at Fort Vancouver (1824-45) and the strongest arm of the Hudson's Bay Company in a colonial Pacific Northwest, was a man easily mythologized yet poorly known. The man now called "The Father of Oregon," was cast out first by his company and later deserted by the pioneers he had unstintingly aided.
Born in 1784 in a village near Quebec, John McLoughlin found himself between two worlds throughout his life. The son of an illiterate Catholic farmer and a well-born Protestant mother, he had just completed his training as a doctor, when an offense he gave to a British soldier made it prudent for the eighteen-year-old to leave Quebec quickly. He struck out for the fur country as a company doctor and clerk. A skilled leader, he advanced through posts in the North West Company and the Hudson's Bay Company. He came to the Pacific Northwest in 1824 with his family, where he established the HBC headquarters at Fort Vancouver. From here he monitered HBC interests from California to Alaska.
Known for his compassion and blistering temper, he kept peace, made money for the company, and defended HBC (British) interests in the region. He assisted starving, exhausted, Oregon Trail settlers, maintaining even relations with them while America and Great Britain decide the prickly question of national bounderies. In 1845, during a year of great personal tragedies, he was maneuvered out of his position by forces within the HBC through a massive business reorganization.
After leaving the company, he built a home on a land claim in Oregon City...