Oregon's Country Boy Cartoonist

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Oregon Historical Society says
Homer Calvin Davenport (1867–1912) was Oregon's first media super-star; yet, few outside his hometown are even aware of the impact this self-described "country boy" had on society. His rural Oregon upbringing, along with a supportive and nurturing home life, equipped Davenport with intellectual tools and artistic skills, and he arrived on the scene during a perfect storm of technology and public sentiment. During the 1890s, American society was going through a transition from the Gilded Age of robber barons and monopolistic trusts, into the progressive era, a time known for great social reforms. Through it all, political cartoonist Homer Davenport of Silverton, Oregon was there, wielding his pen to spray a steady stream of caustic caricatures onto the notables and notorious of the global political scene.

Gus Frederick is a native Oregonian who currently works as an instructional technologist for the Oregon Office of State Fire Marshal's Fire & Life Safety Education Branch and serves as a Silverton Planning Commissioner and as Vice President of the Silverton Country Historical Society.
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By: Oregon Historical Society

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