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Catalog Number MG268
Object Name manuscript collection
Scope & Content photocopy; lawsuits

CREATOR:Jesse ApplegateĆ¼B.F. Dowell

REMARKS:Photocopies of depositions, legislative journals, and other background documents in the case of Dowell v. Applegate. From vol. 1, Pharisee Among the Philistines; the Diary of Judge Matthew P. Deady [Appendix F, p. 61]:; "Samuel E. May was dark, dapper, and a rather Dickensian rogue. He was Oregon's secretary of state during the governorships of Addison Gibbs, 1862-66, and Georeg L. Woods, 1866-70. After the end of his second term it was discovered he had converted substantial sums of state money to his own use. May was not present to answer to the charges. Woods had been appointed governor of Utah Territory, and May had gone along to be territorial secretary, leaving his bondsmen to make up the deficit.; After a year's investigation it was determined that May had embezzled, during his second term, a total of $8,524.25, $5,546 of which was taken before January 1, 1869. The State levied upon B.F. Dowell and Jesse Applegate, who were on the bonds. Applegate, pleading poverty, would pay nothing. At the time he signed the bonds his assets had consisted almost entirely of real property in Douglas County....he had, between 1867 and 1871, deeded almost the whole of this to his children....After some further delay, Dowell paid the whole of the assessment. Then he sued Applegate and his assigns to set aside the deeds so that he could proceed against the property....Not until early in 1883 did [the litigation] reach the U.S. Circuit Court, where Sawyer set aside most of the dedds as having been made with fraudulent intent...."
Creator Applegate, Jesse
Title Photocopies of Transcripts and Related Material in Dowell v. Applegate
Accession number L.994.79