Biographical Sketch of William M. Urquhart

WILLIAM M. URQUHART.- This gentleman, the son of James Urquhart, whose biography is immediately preceding, was born at the family residence near Napavine, Washington Territory, on the 22d of December, 1855. He remained on the farm till he had attained his majority. He then entered his father’s tore at Napavine, where he attended strictly to business and became thoroughly acquainted with trade, remaining there until 1880. In that year he removed to Chehalis, and began merchandising for himself. In this independent venture he was eminently successful, and had one of the largest mercantile houses in Lewis county. The confidence reposed in him that for eight years he was county treasurer, a position which he held until the people of the county elected his brother David county auditor. For six years he was postmaster of Chehalis. As has already appeared, Mr. Urquhart was a member of one of the most conspicuous of the old pioneer families of the territory. He was personally a large, noticeable man, of the most winning manners.

His recent death was deeply deplored by the community and mourned by his family. He was a man of noble nature, and did great service to his community. He left a widow and three children.



History of the Pacific Northwest Oregon and Washington. 2 v. Portland, Oregon: North Pacific History Company. 1889.

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