A.P. Dennison papers, 1855-1870  PDF  XML

Overview of the Collection

Dennison, A. P., 1824-1896
A.P. Dennison papers
1855-1870 (inclusive)
0.5 linear feet, (2 containers)  :  1 clamshell box, Photograph container
Collection Number
A 177
Originally from Maine, A. P. Dennison (1824-1896) held numerous minor political offices in the Oregon Territory, including Adjutant General. The papers consist of receipts, letters of appointment, reports, and a bound scrapbook.
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Historical NoteReturn to Top

A native of Bath, Maine, Ammi Prince Dennison (1824-1896) travelled to California in 1849 and moved to Oregon in 1852. He settled a claim on the west bank of Willamette River adjacent to that of John H. Couch & D.H. Lownsdale.

Dennison was receptive to political appointments and election to minor offices. He served as Indian Agent at The Dalles, City Recorder of Portland, and Adjutant General of Oregon.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The papers consist of receipts, deeds, letters of appointment, and a "Biennial Report of the Adjutant General of the State of Oregon" (1872), when Dennison held that office. There is also a scrapbook of clippings and election tickets, and unidentified photographs.

The scrapbook includes a Washington Territory broadside, The Political Views and Opinions of Selucius Garfield, Delegate in Congress from Washington Territory, as Expressed by Himself in Writing, Nov. 28, 1866 (Olympia, W.T., 1869), a letter from Garfield to James W. Nesmith.

Photographs (cartes de visite) in this collection were separated from their original location for preservation purposes. They are filed under call number PH228. Cartes de visite include portraits of women, children, pictures of mechanical devices.

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Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Indian agents--Oregon
  • Pioneers--Oregon
  • Pioneers--Oregon Territory--Correspondence
  • Personal Names :
  • Dennison, A. P., 1824-1896
  • Nesmith, James Willis, 1820-1885--Correspondence
  • Corporate Names :
  • Oregon. Adjutant-General's Office--Records and correspondence
  • Geographical Names :
  • Oregon Territory--Militia
  • Oregon Territory--Politics and government
  • Washington Territory--Politics and government
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Cartes de visite
  • Clippings
  • Correspondence
  • Deeds
  • Photographs
  • Receipts (financial records)
  • Reports