Looters of the Public Domain by Stephen A. Douglas Puter & Horace Stevens Hardcover 1908 Oregon Land Fraud, Corruption


Title: Looters of the Public Domain

Author: Stephen A. Douglas Puter, Horace Stevens

Description: Red cloth boards with large pasted on illustration (chipped at upper right corner). Board show general wear. George Alfred Hill, Jr. book plate on front paste down. Damp stains appear along the bottom edges of the front and rear paste downs and free end pages. Tide mark apparent on lower corner of outer fore-edge of text block. Frontis tissue nearly detatched. Interior shows some minor signs of use and wear. Book has been placed in a clear archival sleeve.

Written while serving a two year sentence in the Multnomah County Jail by Puter, the self proclaimed King of the Oregon Land Fraud Ring, in collaboration with the former General Land Office Clerk Horace Stevens. A detailed account of Puter's life and how he came into doing a corrupt business by acquiring and selling fraudulent homestead patents (for public lands) in Oregon, including the bribing of a U.S. Senator. These he sold to lumber companies. He was caught, tried and convicted, as were his mistress Emma Watson and the Senator John H. Mitchell. Puter was eventually pardoned on the last day of 1907 by President Theodore Roosevelt.

Binding: Hardcover

Condition: Fair

Jacket Condition: None

Publisher: Portland Printing House

Place: Portland, OR

Year: 1908

ISBN: n/a

Language: English

Size: 10 x 7 inches.

Pages: 494 pages.

Keywords: Oregon, history, timber industry, forestry, land fraud, Pacific Northwest, PNW, Northwest, timber, crime,

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