The U.S. District Court of Oregon Historical Society was created in 1984, following a picnic at the home of Hon. James M. Burns near the banks of the Willamette River.

Our purpose is to preserve the unique history of the U.S. District Court of Oregon, established in 1859 with Matthew P. Deady serving as Oregon’s first district judge.

Prior to statehood, Oregon’s territorial court was in operation beginning in 1849, following creation of the Oregon Territory in 1848.

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For more information about our history, see About Us.