Elkanah Walker portrait


Elkanah Walker portrait


A portrait of Elkanah Walker (1805-1877), one of the earliest missionaries in the Oregon Territory. Elkanah and his wife, Mary Richardson Walker, arrived at the Whitman Mission at Waiilatpu in 1838. They attempted to convert Spokane Natives at their own mission, Tshimakain, between 1839-1849. After their friends the Whitmans were killed, they evacuated to the northwest end of the Willamette Valley, at what would later be the town of Forest Grove. They helped to found Tualatin Academy and Pacific University soon thereafter, donating a portion of the land upon which the university lies. Several of the Walkers’ children (Cyrus Hamlin, Abigail Boutwell, Marcus Whitman, Joseph Elkanah, Jeremiah, John Richardson, Levi Chamberlin and Samuel Thompson) became missionaries and Indian Agents.
Written on back: Elkanah Walker, member of original Congregational Church in Forest Grove

Date Created

circa 1877





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