Portrait of Mary Walker

Title

Portrait of Mary Walker

Description

A later-life portrait of Mary Richardson Walker (1811-1897), one of the earliest missionaries in the Oregon Territory. Mary and her husband, Reverend Elkanah 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. This portrait, which is a later copy of an original, was probably taken around the 1880s when Mary was in her 70s.
Mary Walker

Date Created

circa 1880s

Medium

gelatin silver prints; photographic prints

Language

English

Identifier

PUApic_008393

Rights

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