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Daniel Waldo

In office
1844 – 1844
Constituency Champoeg District

Born 1800
Harrison County, Virginia
Died September 10, 1880
Salem, Oregon
Spouse(s) Malinda Lunsford
Children John B. Waldo
Occupation farmer

Daniel Waldo (1800 – September 10, 1880) was an American legislator in the Provisional Government of Oregon, the namesake for the Waldo Hills near Salem, Oregon, and the father of two prominent Oregon politicians. He was also a member of the Oregon Rangers militia and fought in the Cayuse War.


Early life

Waldo was born in 1800 in Harrison County, Virginia to Jedediah Waldo.[1] Harrison County would become part of West Virginia during the American Civil War when a portion of Virginia joined the Union as a new state. After turning 19 years of age Waldo migrated to Missouri where he entered the lumber business.[1] Then in 1825 he married Malinda Lunsford and they moved to St. Clair County, Missouri.[1]


In 1843, the Waldo family traveled the Oregon Trail to Oregon Country.[1] They traveled with their neighbors the Applegates, including Jesse Applegate.[1] Daniel spent most of the trip in a carriage on the journey due to poor health, but the group reach the Willamette Valley in 1843 and settled east of Salem, Oregon in an area now known as the Waldo Hills.[1] The following year Daniel was elected to serve as a legislator in the Provisional Government.[2]

Later life and family

With the Cayuse War in 1848, Daniel fought against the Native Americans in Eastern Oregon.[1] Earlier he had been a member of the Oregon Rangers volunteer militia.[3] His youngest son William Waldo would later be president of the Oregon State Senate, and another son, John B. Waldo, would serve on the Oregon Supreme Court.[1]

During the 1860s Daniel was involved with promoting the state’s wool industry. Daniel Waldo died in Salem, Oregon on September 10, 1880.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i Corning, Howard M. Dictionary of Oregon History. Binfords & Mort Publishing, 1956.
  2. ^ Oregon Legislative Assembly (3rd Pre-Provisional) 1844 Meetings. Oregon State Archives. Retrieved on January 30, 2008.
  3. ^ Brown, J. Henry (1892). Political History of Oregon: Provisional Government. The Lewis & Dryden Printing Co.: Portland.

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