Obadiah B. McFadden

Obadiah Benton McFadden ( born November 18, 1814 West Middletown, Washington County, Pennsylvania, † June 25, 1875 in Olympia, Washington) was an American lawyer and politician. Between 1873 and 1875 he represented the Washington Territory as a delegate in the House of Representatives of the United States.


Obadiah McFadden attended the public schools of his home and then the McKeever Academy. After a subsequent study of law and its made ​​in 1843 admitted to the bar he began to work in his new profession. In the same year he was a delegate in the House of Representatives from Pennsylvania. Soon after, McFadden moved to the Oregon Territory. He was 1853-1854 Judge at the Supreme Court. After the founding of Washington Territory, he continued his legal work continues in this area. Between 1858 and 1861 he served as Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the territory. In the years 1855 and 1856 he also took part in an Indian war.

Politically, McFadden member of the Democratic Party. In his territory he sat until 1864 in the territorial House of Representatives; In 1861 he was its president. In the following years, McFadden practiced law. He was also engaged in farming. 1872 McFadden was a delegate in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington DC chosen, where he became the successor of Selucius Garfielde on March 4, 1873. Since he resigned in 1874 to run again, he was able to complete only one term in Congress until March 3, 1875. McFadden died only a few months after his retirement from the U.S. House of Representatives on 25 June 1875. He was married in 1837 to Margaret Caldwell ( 1816-1903 ), with whom he had nine children.