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McFADDEN, Obadiah B., jurist, born in Washington county, Pennsylvania, in 1817; died in Olympia, Washington territory, 25 June, 1875. He was elected to the legislature of Pennsylvania in 1843, and was prothonotary of Washington county, Pennsylvania, in 1845. In 1853 he was appointed associate justice of the supreme court of Oregon territory, and in 1854 to the same office in Washington territory. In 1858 he became chief justice of Washington territory, which office he held until the autumn of 1861. He represented his district in the legislative council, and was also elected a delegate from Washington territory to congress as a Democrat, to serve from 1 December, 1873, till 3 March, 1877.
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