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Source: "An Illustrated History of the State of Oregon," Rev. H. K. Hines, D. D., The Lewis Publishing Co., 1893.


William L. Warren, an esteemed native son of Oregon, and prosperous farmer, and popular Sheriff of Yam Hill county, was born in Portland, August 6, 1849. (See history of his father, William Edward Warren, an honored Oregon pioneer of 1847,...). He was the second child, and was reared on his father's donation claim in Yam Hill county. He attended the district school, traveling three miles to reach the primitive log schoolhouse. In 1861 he went to Portland, where, for five years, he had the benefit of the public schools. In 1866 he returned to Yam Hill county, where, for two years, he attended the McMinnville Baptist College.

He then returned to the farm, where he was engaged in the production of grain and stock for several years.

On April 3, 1870, he was married to Miss Amanda J. Payne, a native of Yam Hill county, and the daughter of Mr. C. J. Payne, an esteemed pioneer of 1847.

After his marriage, he farmed the lands of his father-in-law, for four years, when Mr. Payne divided his land among his three children, and upon Mrs. Warren's share, the subject of our sketch built a substantial house and otherwise improved the place, and also worked the other portions of the land. He also owns valuable city property in McMinnville, which he bought upon first coming here.

Mr. and Mrs. Warren have three sons: Edward M., Thomas J., and Miles D., all born in Yam Hill county.

In politics Mr. Warren is an active Republican, and in 1890, was nominated by his party for the office of Sheriff, receiving ninety-five out of 113 votes in the precinct in which he lived. He entered upon the duties of the office in July, 1890, and conducted the business so satisfactorily, that he was re-nominated by acclamation, and was elected by 450 majority.

He is a prominent member of the Masonic fraternity, - of the blue lodge, royal Arch and Council, - and the A.O.U.W.

Oregon's superior productive powers are so well known, that it is not remarkable that this should influence the human race within her charmed confines, as well as the vegetable kingdom. Her in the freedom of her vast plains, man is not crowded out of existence as in countries of an older civilization, but like the monarch of the forest, spreads his arms to the refreshing breezes of heaven, until his brow toughes the skies.

Notes: William's uncle, Henry Warren, previously had been a sheriff in Yamhill Co. Thomas Jefferson Payne was a witness at the wedding of William and Amanda. The following year, Thomas married William's sister, Susan Mary Warren.

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