Republican League Register of Oregon, The Register Publishing Company, 1896, page 171-172.
ADAMS, HON. WILLIAM L., one of the prominent founders of the Republican party in Oregon, while editor of the Oregon City Argus, was born in Oberlin, Ohio, February 5, 1821.He crossed the plains to Oregon before 1850, settling in Yamhill County.In 1855 he founded the Argus, at Oregon City, and edited it till 1861, being the first Republican newspaper in the state.In 1861 he was appointed Collector of Customs and served seven years, resigning because of ill health.
Republican League Register of Oregon, The Register Publishing Company, 1896, page 172.
ADAMS, HON. SEBASTIAN C., of Salem, was the first man to receive a Republican nomination for office in the State of Oregon, being nominated at Lafayette, November 22, 1856, at the first meeting for Republican organization in Yamhill County to fill a vacancy in the lower house of the legislature.He was born near Sandusky, Ohio, July 28, 1825, moved to Galesburg, Illinois, in 1837, was educated at Knox College, taught school, and in 1850 came to California and Oregon.He located on a donation land claim in Yamhill County.Later he removed to McMinnville and founded the town and McMinnville College, where he taught two years.He presented the college to the Baptists.In 1869 he settled in Salem, and for twenty-five years was a pastor of the Christian church there, but is now a liberal rationalist.He is well known in education circles everywhere and is author of “Adams’ Illustrated Map of History.”He Republicanism has been of the vigorous, pioneer order.In 1862 he was elected County Clerk of Yamhill County, and served four successive terms in the State Senate.