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George Whitworth: 150 Years in the Pacific Northwest
George Whitworth was called "The Father of Presbyterianism in Washington,"
and in April 1853 he and his family set out from Indiana, with the
intention of founding a "Presbyterian colony in Oregon."
In October 1853, the Whitworth party arrived in Portland, after
spending six months on the Oregon Trail. George Whitworth quickly
founded the First Presbyterian Church of Portland, moving the next
year to the Puget Sound area, where he founded 15 more churches
over the course of his lifetime.
It was at Sumner Presbyterian Church that he also started the Sumner
Academy, which in 1890 became Whitworth College. In 1914, the college
moved to Spokane, where it remains today.
For further information, contact Janet
Hauck, Whitworth University Archivist, or Dale
Soden, Professor of History.