Oliver Perry Coshow
(August 14 1863
-December 18 1937
) was an American
attorney and politician in Oregon
. He was the 23rd Chief Justice
of the Oregon Supreme Court
, serving on Oregon’s highest court from 1924 to 1931. The Oregon native earlier had served in the Oregon Legislative Assembly
Oliver Coshow was born on August 14 1863
in Brownsville, Oregon
to Oliver, Sr. and Sarah Cochran. His parents immigrated from Indiana
in 1851. After receiving his primary education in the local schools he attended the University of Oregon
where he graduated in 1885. After graduation he worked in the retail filed in Roseburg, Oregon
and Brownsville before studying law in Albany, Oregon
After passing the state bar
in 1890, Coshow began practicing law in Albany for two years before moving to McMinnville, Oregon
where he practiced from 1892 to 1897. He then moved back to Roseburg where he was in private practice from 1897 to 1924. During this time he was elected as a Democrat to the state senate representing Douglas County
, serving from 1905 through the 1907 legislature.
On January 15 1924, Oliver Coshow was appointed by Oregon Governor Walter M. Pierce to replace justice Lawrence T. Harris on the Oregon Supreme Court after Harris resigned his position. Coshow then won a full six-year term in 1924 and his term ended without re-election. While on the court he served as chief justice from 1929 to 1931.
Oliver was married in 1886 to Elizabeth Kay of Salem, and they would have four daughters together.