John R. McBride

John Rogers McBride (August 22, 1832 – July 20, 1904) was a Republican U.S. congressman from Oregon.

John R. McBride
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Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Oregon's At-large district
In office
March 4, 1863 – March 3, 1865
Preceded byGeorge K. Shiel
Succeeded byJames H. D. Henderson
Member of the Oregon Senate
In office
Personal details
BornAugust 22, 1832
St. Louis, Missouri
DiedJuly 20, 1904(1904-07-20) (aged 71)
Spokane, Washington
Political partyRepublican

Early lifeEdit

McBride was born near St. Louis, Missouri in 1832, the son of James McBride.[1] In 1851, he moved with his family to Lafayette, Oregon where he became the superintendent of schools at the age of 22.[1] He studied law and after being admitted to the bar in 1855, he began a law practice in Lafayette.[1]

Oregon politicsEdit

In 1857, he served in the Oregon Constitutional Convention representing Yamhill County.[2] In 1860, he was elected to the Oregon Senate, and to the United States House of Representatives as a Republican in 1862.[1] He served one term, and after unsuccessfully seeking the Republican party's nomination for a second term in 1864, he was appointed Chief Justice of Idaho Territory by President Lincoln.

In 1869, President Grant named him superintendent of the United States assay office in Boise, Idaho.[1] He was a member of Republican National Committee from the Idaho Territory in 1872, and a member of Republican National Committee from Washington from 1880 to 1892.[3] He practiced law in Boise and in Salt Lake City, Utah before moving his practice to Spokane, Washington, where he died in 1904.[1] He was interred at Germany Hill Cemetery in St. Helens, Oregon.[3]


McBride's youngest brother, George W. McBride, served as a United States Senator from Oregon.[1] His other younger brother Thomas A. McBride was the chief justice of the Oregon Supreme Court three times.[4]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g "Biographical Directory of the United States Congress". U.S. Government Printing Office. Retrieved 2007-05-31.
  2. ^ "About the Convention Delegates". Crafting the Oregon Constitution. Oregon State Archives. Retrieved 2016-06-20.
  3. ^ a b "The Political Graveyard: Index to Politicians: McBride". The Political Graveyard. Retrieved 2007-12-28.
  4. ^ Corning, Howard M. Dictionary of Oregon History. Binfords & Mort Publishing, 1956.

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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
George K. Shiel
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Oregon's at-large congressional district

March 4, 1863–March 3, 1865
Succeeded by
James H. D. Henderson