A Representative American.
, one of the newly-elected Senators
, is a native of the State of Maine
, and is now about forty-five years of age. He was educated in a carpenter's shop, and followed the business until he became of age, when he emigrated to the west, and finding himself one day out of money, and being unable to get employment at his trade, enlisted in the army.
He served five years on the western frontier, in Dodge
's Regiment of Dragoons.
At the expiration of his term of service, he started overland for Oregon
, with the emigration of 1843, and arrived in Oregon city
in the fall of that year.
When the provisional Government was organized in 1844, Nesmith
was elected one of the Territorial Judges
He went to California
in the summer of 1848, with many other Oregonians, worked for some months at mining, on Feather River
, and returned to Oregon
the next Spring.
He was afterwards Superintendent
of Indian Affairs for Oregon
, but was removed.