Cochran, Robert Bevins

From Lane Co Oregon

Robert Bevins Cochran (1820-1894) was known as a “Jackson type” politician: a democrat, “straightforward and outspoken to a remarkable degree,” said his obituary. He came to Eugene over the Oregon Trail in 1851, with his parents, wife and son (who was born en route). He entered politics in 1856 and spent the next twenty years being elected, defeated, and elected again to various positions in the Oregon Legislature. While he was president of the Senate in the 1870s, one of his children died. He resigned his position and returned home.

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