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Tabitha Moffatt Brown

Oregon State Mother

The Mother of Oregon; Tabitha Moffatt Brown (public domain image on Wikipedia).

Mother of Oregon

Oregon designated Tabitha Moffatt Brown (1780-1858) as the mother of Oregon in 1987. Father of Oregon

In 1846, 66-year-old Tabitha joined a wagon train traveling from Missouri to Oregon, suffering much hardship and loss before arriving in Salem, Oregon.

She went on to build a home and school for orphans, and helped start the Tualatin Academy in Forest Grove to educate young children (which later expanded to launch Pacific University).

Tabitha Moffet Brown’s eloquent writings give unique insight into this remarkable woman and the times in which she lived.