WILLIAM WALKER DUGAN, JR.
Portland has always been distinguished for the high rank of her bench and bar. Almost from the city's beginning
she has been represented by men of ability, capable of crossing swords in forensic combat with the ablest lawyers
of the country. The younger generation of the legal fraternity in Portland is fully sustaining the record previously
made and in this connection William Walker Dugan, Jr., is well known. He was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania,
May 24, 1888, and is a son of William Walker Dugan, Sr., whose birth occurred in Tuscarawas county, Ohio, in 1863,
while his father was a native of the north of Ireland, whence he came to the United States at the age of eighteen
years. The father spent his youthful days in Tuscarawas county and when he attained his majority removed to Pittsburgh,
Pennsylvania. There he met and married Nettie E. Borland, who was a great granddaughter of Cornelius Connor, who
served with the rank of sergeant in the Thirteenth Virginia Infantry in the Revolutionary war. For many years William
W. Dugan, Sr., was connected with the transportation department of the Pennsylvania Company at Pittsburgh and in
1905 crossed the continent to Portland, where he lived retired in his later years, passing away January 22, 1920.
His son and namesake was reared in Washington county, Pennsylvania, and there attended the country schools and
also the Carnegie high school of Carnegie, Pennsylvania. His interest in a professional career led him to take
up the study of law, which he pursued in the University of Oregon, being graduated therefrom in 1910 with the LL.
B. degree. In June of the same year he was admitted to practice at the Oregon bar and has since engaged in professional
duties in Portland. He early recognized the fact that success at the bar cannot be attained through association
nor outside influence but must be the outgrowth of individual effort and ability. He has displayed untiring industry,
therefore, in the preparation of his cases and his presentation of a cause is always clear, cogent and logical.
On the 22d of November, 1916, in Portland, Mr. Dugan was married to Miss Minda Frost, a daughter of Louis E. Frost,
a native of Minnesota. They now have one son, William Walker, Jr., who was born December 2, 1917.
Mr. Dugan was from 1912 until 1915 a private in the Oregon Coast Artillery and during the war served as a private
in the Multnomah Guards of Portland. His political endorsement is given to the republican party. Fraternally he
is connected with the Independent Order of Odd Fellows and also belongs to the City Club of Portland and to the
Oregon Society of the Sons of the American Revolution. His religious faith is manifest in his connection with the
United Presbyterian church and his life has ever been actuated by high and honorable principles that make for loyalty
in citizenship, integrity and enterprise in business and fidelity in friendship.
History of Oregon Illistrated
BY: Charles H. Carney
The Pioneer Historical Publishing Company
Chicago - Portland 1922
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