The Cowlitz Convention: Inception of Washington Territory

Edmond S. Meany


"Two Fourth of July orations were delivered in Olympia, one in 1851 and one in 1852; after each of such orations meetings of citizens were held and agitation made for a separate territorial government north of Columbia River; and in each case the agitation led to a regularly constituted convention; each of such conventions memorialized Congress in behalf of the object sought to be achieved."

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