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Oregon Territory

Conventional Long NameTerritory of Oregon
Common NameOregon Territory
Nationthe United States
SubdivisionOrganized incorporated territory
Event PreOregon Treaty
Date PreJune 14
Year Pre1846
Event StartOrganized
Date StartAugust 14
Year Start1848
Event1Washington Territory split off
Date Event1February 8
Year Event11853
Event EndStatehood
Date EndFebruary 14
Year End1859
P1Oregon Country
Flag P1US flag 30 stars.svg
S1Washington Territory
Flag S1US flag 31 stars.svg
Flag S2Flag of Oregon.svg
Image CoatSeal_of_the_Oregon_Territory.png
Symbol TypeSeal of the Oregon Territory
CapitalOregon City (1848-1851)
Salem (1851-1855)
Corvallis (1855)
Salem (1855-1859)
Government TypeOrganized incorporated territory
Title LeaderGovernor
Leader1Joseph Lane
Year Leader11848-1850
Leader2Kintzing Prichette
Year Leader21850-1850
Leader3John P. Gaines
Year Leader31850-1853
Leader4John Wesley Davis
Year Leader41853-1854
Leader5George Law Curry
Year Leader51854-1859

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The Territory of Oregon was an organized incorporated territory of the United States that existed from August 14, 1848, until February 14, 1859, when the southwestern portion of the territory was admitted to the Union as the State of Oregon. Originally claimed by several countries (See Oregon Country), the region was divided between the U.S. and Great Britain in 1846. When established, the territory encompassed an area that included the current states of Oregon, Washington, and Idaho, as well as parts of Wyoming and Montana. The capital of the territory was first Oregon City, then Salem, followed briefly by Corvallis, and lastly as Salem, the seat of government for the State of Oregon.

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