Joseph Simon, Pioneer Jewish Lawyer, State Senator, and U.S. Senator from the State of Oregon

Joseph Simon

U.S. Senator Joseph Simon of Oregon

U.S. Senator Joseph Simon of Oregon

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Joseph Simon was born in 1851, in Bechtheim, Hesse, Germany.

His parents were Mr. and Mrs. David Simon, who emigrated to America and settled in Portland Oregon in 1852, when Joseph was one year old.


Joseph Simon was educated in Portland public Schools.

Joseph Simon read for the law and passed the Bar in 1872.



From 1877 to 1880, Joseph Simon served on the Portland City Council

Joseph Simon was elected to the Oregon State Senate, 1880-1881, as a Republican

He returned again, in 1885, and served as President of the State Senate.

"Old" Capitol Building, Salem.

“Old” Capitol Building, Salem.

Joseph Simon was later elected to the United States Senate, serving between 1898-1903 — the 4th Jewish Senator

He was the Chairman of the Committee on Irrigation & Reclamation of Arid Lands.


Returning to Portland, Joseph Simon pacticed law at the firm of Dolph, Mallory & Gearin.

In 1909, Joseph Simon served as the  36th Mayor of Portland, Oregon – until 1911.



Joseph Simon never married.


Joseph Simon died in 1935.

He is buried in Portland’s Beth Israel Cemetery.

New State Capital in Salem, Oregon, Vintage Postcard

New State Capital in Salem, Oregon, completed in 1938, Vintage Postcard





Gladys Sturman is our Curator for this Joseph Simon Virtual Exhibit.

Thanks to Tim Askin for corrections & updates.

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