Executive Committee (Oregon Country)

An Executive Committee was the title of a three-person committee which served as the executive Branch of the Provisional Government of Oregon in the disputed Oregon Country. This arrangement was announced on July 5, 1843, after three months of study by the Provisional Legislature at Champoeg. Two different Executive Committees served until the system was abandoned in 1845 in favor of an elected single chief executive.


The Executive Committee was empowered to grant reprieves and pardons, recommend legislation, and call out the militia.

Members of the First Executive Committee (18431844)

Members of the Second Executive Committee (18441845)

Further reading

  • Klooster, Karl. Round the Roses II: More Past Portland Perspectives, p. 94, Portland, 1992. ISBN 0-9619847-1-6


    Preceded by
    None (Government established)
    Executive Committees of the Oregon Country
    Succeeded by
    George Abernethy
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