; born in Buncombe county, N. C.
, Dec. 14, 1801; great-nephew of Joel Lane, the pioneer.
Going early to Indiana
, he engaged in business there, and was frequently a member of the legislature between 1822 and 1846.
He served in the war against Mexico
, in which he gained distinction; rose to the rank of brigadier-general; and was brevetted major-general.
In 1848 he was appointed governor of Oregon Territory
, organized its government, was its delegate in Congress from 1851 to 1859, and United States
Senator from 1859 to 1861.
He was again governor in 1863. Mr. Lane
was nominated for Vice-President
in 1860 on the Breckinridge ticket.
He died in Oregon
, April 19, 1881.