John T. Apperson

John T. Apperson (December 23, 1834 – April 3, 1917)[1] was an American steamboat captain and military officer who also served in the Oregon Legislative Assembly. He was born in Christian County, Kentucky, son of Beverly Apperson and Jane Gilbert Tubbs. He was a steamboat captain and owner on the Willamette River in the 1850s. He served as a first lieutenant in Company "E" of the Oregon Cavalry during the American Civil War.

John T. Apperson
Member of the Oregon Senate
from the 3rd and 4th district
In office
Preceded byJohn Myers
Succeeded byJohn Myers
ConstituencyClackamas County
Member of the Oregon House of Representatives
from the 4th district
In office
1870–1871 and 1889–1890
ConstituencyClackamas County
Personal details
Born(1834-12-23)December 23, 1834
Christian County, Kentucky
DiedApril 3, 1917(1917-04-03) (aged 82)
Oregon City, Oregon
Political partyRepublican
ProfessionSteamboat owner and captain

He was sheriff of Clackamas County. He served in the Oregon House of Representatives in 1870[2] and in the Oregon State Senate[3][4] from 1878 to 1881, but was defeated when he ran for reelection in 1882. In 1889, he served again in the Oregon House of Representatives,[5] after being elected to a seat in 1888.


Apperson died on April 3, 1917,[1] at his home in the Park Place neighborhood of Oregon City,[6] where he had resided with his wife, Mary Ann Elliott Apperson. He is buried at the Mountain View Cemetery, in Oregon City.


  • Hidden History of Civil War Oregon, by Randol B. Fletcher, History Press, Charleston, SC (2011), p. 16
  • An Illustrated History of the State of Oregon, by Harvey Kimball Hines, Lewis Publishing Co., 1893, pp. 545-547
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