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Lucien Heath

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Preceded by  Wiley Kenyon
Died  December 19, 1888
Occupation  Farmer, merchant
Spouse  Jane Edwards
Name  Lucien Heath
Succeeded by  Samuel E. May
Role  Politician

Lucien Heath
Preceded by  Benjamin F. Harding (territorial)
Political party  Democratic Party, Republican Party

Lucien Heath (1819 – December 19, 1888) was an American farmer, merchant, and politician in Oregon. A native of New York, he was raised there and in Michigan before immigrating to the Oregon Territory. A Democrat, he served as the first Oregon Secretary of State after Oregon entered the Union in 1859, and was also the mayor of Salem. After moving to Santa Cruz County, California, he was elected to the California Assembly for two terms as a Republican.


Early life

Lucien Heath was born in 1819, in the state of New York near Buffalo to a merchant father. The family moved to Michigan when Heath was young where he farmed. In 1849, he married there to Jane Edwards of Ohio, and they had two sons and a daughter. In 1852, the family of Jane, Lucien, and son Henry (the daughter Lina had already died), moved to the Oregon Territory over the Oregon Trail.

Heath and the family settled in Polk County in the Willamette Valley where he started a farm. In 1854, he was appointed as the clerk of the territorial court. He later became a trustee of the La Creole Academy that was started in 1856 in Dallas. Heath then served as clerk of Polk County. After Heath moved to Salem he became a merchant. He also served as the recording secretary for the State Agricultural Society in Marion County where Salem is located. In this position, Heath became the first financial secretary of the Oregon State Fair, held at Oregon City.

Political career

In 1858, he was elected as a Democrat to serve as Secretary of State once Oregon was admitted to the Union. Oregon became a state on February 14, 1859, with the news of acceptance arriving in Oregon weeks later. Heath took office on March 3, 1859, replacing outgoing territorial secretary Benjamin F. Harding. He moved to Salem and served in office until leaving on September 8, 1862. He also was mayor of Salem, the state capitol, in 1861. He then served as the clerk to the Oregon Supreme Court from 1862 to 1864. He served as a Republican legislator in the California State Assembly twice. Heath was elected in November 1882 and re-elected in 1884 to represent district 50.

Later years

In 1866, Heath moved south to Santa Cruz County, California, where he continued to farm. He also was a hardware merchant and then president of the Santa Cruz County Bank. The hardware store was on Pacific Avenue in Santa Cruz and partly owned by John Byrne. Later he entered the real estate business as a partner with Samuel Drennan. Lucien Heath died on December 19, 1888, at the age of 69 while on a trip to the East Coast and was buried at Evergreen Cemetery in Santa Cruz. Heath’s brother Albert was a captain for the Union Army during the American Civil War, and son Frank was a landscape artist while the other son Henry followed in his father’s footsteps as a merchant.


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