Articles by: R. Gregory Nokes

Peter Hardeman Burnett’s Short but Notorious Judicial Legacy

Peter Hardeman Burnett’s Short but Notorious Judicial Legacy

Historians have never quite figured out how to judge Peter Hardeman Burnett, and so mostly have ignored him. Yet in the sweep of western history, he’s a hard man to ignore. He held more positions in the early American West than any other leader, including a short term on the California Supreme Court in 1857–1858.

Pacific Northwest Quarterly book review

Pacific Northwest Quarterly book review

The Troubled Life of Peter Burnett Oregon Pioneer and First Governor of California GREGORY NOKES (Corvallis: Oregon State University Press, 2018. xi, 270 pp. Illustrations, maps, appendixes, notes, bibliography, index. $19.95) Peter Burnett emerges from R. Gregory...

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