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Whitman, Marcus 1802-

Pioneer; born in Rushville, N. Y., Sept. 4, 1802; studied medicine, and was made a medical missionary to Oregon by the American board in 1834. After living in Oregon a number of years he discovered that the English were discouraging American emigrants from settling there, and were colonizing it with English settlers. Late in 1842 he set out for Washington, D. C., and arriving there in March, 1843, gave the government valuable information which led to extensive colonization on the part of Americans, and in all probability kept Oregon from falling into the hands of the British. He, his wife, two adopted children, and ten others were killed by the Indians in Waulatpu, Or., Nov. 29, 1847.

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