Statue of John Breckenridge Castleman

On March 19, 2014 I launched a campaign to get the name of Joseph Lane removed as the name of the county I live in when I sent an e-mail to Kitty Piercy who was the Mayor of Eugene at the time. Yesterday, Lane, and my relative, John Breckenridge Castleman, had his equestrian statue removed. Castleman and John share the same maternal grandmother. Joseph Lane and John Breckenridge were on the same ticket. A year ago I stood before the Mayor and Council of Springfield, and handed my city a more thorough proposal as a means to fight racism. Tomorrow, I will be contacting the local and national news to see if they want to cover my campaign.

Three hours ago, I saw Kim Haffner knock Clark off the hood of her car with a violent swing of her fat arm. Clark did not land on his feet. While on his side, this 400 pounder kicked at Clark. I could not see from my window if she made contact. I ran to the stairwell and shouted at her;

“Stop abusing that animal!”

Clark tried to run up the stairs, and she ran at him and tried to block him with her ugly fat leg. Again I shouted at her to leave this cat alone. Kim Haffner ran after him to hurt him, and he jumped on a wall and got away.

I am going to work hard to have this violence against an animal as a HATE CRIME! This monster launched a campaign of harassment with fellow neighbors and Christians who read this blog and hated the critical things I was saying about some evangelicals who wave Confederate Flags!

John Presco

President: Royal Rosamond Press

Arts and Culture

The statue of John Breckinridge Castleman in Louisville’s Cherokee Triangle is gone. City crews removed the controversial statue of Castleman on a horse in the early hours of Monday morning.

The statue’s removal comes after nearly three years of vandalism, protests and calls for it to be taken down. It also comes after eleven days of protests for racial justice and against police brutality, sparked by the police killing of Black people like Breonna Taylor in Louisville and George Floyd in Minneapolis.

Castleman served in both the U.S. and Confederate armies; the statue portrays him in civilian clothes, but the historical markers nearby mention both his Confederate service and his role in establishing Louisville’s parks system.

Here John Ambrose <>

Wed, Mar 19, 2014 at 6:26 PM

What was the name of the saloon keeper in Gunsmoke?

Kittie is my friend on facebook, and likes my idea of a name change. She gave a thumbs-up to my post where I talk about helping Vets. My next letter is to Peter DeFazio

Jon Gregory Presco

Kitty Piercy Thank you for sharing this.

Dear Kitty; This morning I discovered I am kin to James Polk who appointed Joseph Lane the first Governor of Oregon. Lane did not run, nor did he receive and votes from ‘We The People’. For the reason Lane and Polk were pro-slavery, and thus were opposed to John Fremont and Jessie Benton, who was kin to Polk, I have launched a campaign to change the name of Lane County, to Miller-Lane County, after George Melvin Miller

John Ambrose <>

Thu, Jun 25, 2015 at 2:17 PM

Harry Lane was the son of the Confederate politician, Joseph Lane, who Lane county was named after. Because Joseph was a traitor, his history should be disqualified, and his son’s history put in its place. Also, is there a official seal for Lane county?


Rename Franklin Street – Harry Lane


The City of Springfield has the opportunity right a great wrong. I suggest Franklin Street be renamed Harry Lane Way, because Harry’s grandfather was one of the world’s greatest racist and pro-slavery candidates. Joseph Lane led wars against Native Americans. This renaming can get national attention. This is much more that bringing down a Confederate statue. If the change is not possible, perhaps there is going to be a new street by the river, that can bare the name, Harry Lane. A plaque can explain why. Erasing the name Lane from all public records, would be impossible. Harry is a symbol of progress, that trumps Joseph’s history. Harry Lane was a Pacifist, and perhaps the first Democratic Progressive.

“Lane was one of a tiny handful of federal legislators who, for reasons of principle or partisanship, fought as hard as they could to prevent President Woodrow Wilson from taking the country into the fight.”

Pro-Southern delegates, who had walked out of the Charleston convention in protest of its failure to adopt a federal slave code plank in its platform, did not participate in the Baltimore convention.[98][100] The delegates from Alabama and Louisiana – all of whom had walked out at Charleston – had been replaced with Douglas supporters from those states, leading to the nomination of Douglas and Herschel Vespasian Johnson for president and vice-president, respectively.[101] The protesting delegates convened five days later in Baltimore.[100] On the first ballot, Breckinridge received 81 votes, with 24 going to former Senator Daniel S. Dickinson of New York. Dickinson supporters gradually changed their support to Breckinridge in order to make his nomination unanimous, and Joseph Lane of Oregon was chosen by acclamation as his running mate

Harry Lane – Is Our Man!

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On this day, June 24, 2015, as historian to the Abolitionist Families of Benton and Fremont,  I declare the name of our County should be named after Harry Lane, the son of the Confederate, Joseph Lane. For the reason Joseph engaged in terrorism and slavery, and for the reason we are at war with ISIS who takes people as slaves, and for the reason the Confederate flag in South Carolina – must come down – let it be known, the sins of the father did not come down to Harry, who is a hidden treasure of liberalism and fair play for all. There not be any need for a name-change that would be very costly. Harry was a frugal politician who worked for the right for women to vote – and the Rose Festival of Portland.

For the last hour I searched google for a famous Lane in Oregon history, and had almost given up, when by divine providence, there before me is ‘The Man that Time Forgot’

Harry! This is your day! I will be petitioning all the elected officials of Oregon, to have your political history, be the outstanding history. So help me God!

Lane challenged white supremacist Senator Hoke Smith of Georgia on the floor of the Senate to acknowledge the successes of black farmers in the American South and protested instances of racial discrimination inserted into appropriations legislation.

It is obvious Harry was the opposite of his father, whom Lane County was named after. Let us carry on Harrry’s opposition to what is hateful and destructive.

Jon Presco

President: Royal Rosamond Press

Copyright 2015

As mayor, Lane was an enthusiastic host for a 1905 national convention in support of woman suffrage in 1905, and he was thereafter recognized as a friend of the movement for equality between the sexes.[8] He took a further step for the advance of women’s rights when he swore in Lola Baldwin to the Portland Police Bureau as one of the first female police officers in the United States on April 1, 1908.[9]

While mayor, at the end of the Lewis and Clark Centennial Exposition, he advocated for a “permanent rose carnival”, leading him to be called the “Father of the Portland Rose Festival“, which continues today.[10]

Lane was an advocate of direct democracy and led an unsuccessful voter referendum to establish municipal ownership of the Portland electric system.[6] A flurry of measures were taken before the voters — 32 proposals in 1909 alone.[6] Among his successes at the polls in these direct votes, Lane was instrumental in winning approval of a new mandate that future utility franchises granted by the city should be subject to popular vote rather than back-room dealmaking between interested parties and elected politicians.[6]

Throughout his life Lane was committed to exposing and correcting the wrongs suffered by Native Americans at the hands of European immigrants to America.[11] At a 1905 unveiling of a statue of Sacajawea Mayor Lane declared that violence between native and white populations had always been the result of “white people ill-treating the Indians who had befriended them.”[12]

Intent on proving himself a man of the people, Harry Lane set what might be a record for campaign frugality in his victorious effort, with his entire race run for the princely sum of $75 plus travel expenses.[11]

He was also known for frugality as a congressman, and did not conform to the modern stereotype of the free-spending liberal. He was reported as being “the most inquisitive man in Congress” when it came to federal appropriations, and was known as “the human question mark” by his colleagues in the Senate. He was opposed to deficits and the “pure waste of public funds.”[7]

Lane’s daughter was herself a member of the Socialist Party of America, as was her husband, the journalist Isaac McBride.[11] Upon his election the increasingly radical Harry Lane wasted no time in hiring his son-in-law as his personal secretary and administrative assistant.[11] McBride remained active in the anti-militarism activities of the Socialist Party even while working for Lane and was the intermediary between “Big Bill” Haywood of the Industrial Workers of the World and Lane, gaining the Senator’s help in an unsuccessful effort to spare the life of IWW cause célèbre Joe Hill.[11]

While in Congress he served on the Committee on Forest Reservations and Game Protection, the Committee on Fisheries,[1] and the Committee on Indian Affairs.[14] Lane regarded the last of these as his most important work, criticizing longstanding government policy aimed at “civilizing” the Native American population.[14]

Lane pulled no punches:

“I think the whole scheme of our management of the affairs of the Indian is a mistake. It is wrong; it is expensive to the Government; it is fatal to the Indians.”[15]

The poverty of the Indian population was through no fault of their own, Lane declared, with the Native American people prostrate while “the white man is astride them and is at work taking everything they have.”[15]

In addition to his distinctly radical views on Indian Affairs, Lane championed a number of other controversial views as a member of the Senate. He was a leading advocate for the woman suffrage movement, introducing resolutions in its behalf.[8] Lane also supported government ownership of the national telephone and telegraph networks, the merchant marine, and certain mining corporations.[8] He was critical of the Clayton Antitrust Act for its toothless inability to restrain the avarice of “big business and crooks.”[16]

Lane challenged white supremacist Senator Hoke Smith of Georgia on the floor of the Senate to acknowledge the successes of black farmers in the American South and protested instances of racial discrimination inserted into appropriations legislation.[8] He was skeptical about American claims of violation of property rights by the government and insurgent movements in Mexico and was an outspoken opponent of imperialism and for the national independence of the Philippines.[17]

In was with respect to American involvement in World War I that Lane was his most outspoken. Late in 1915 Lane joined Socialist Meyer London in co-sponsoring a resolution criticizing the deepening sense of war-related fear and calling upon Woodrow Wilson to convene a conference of neutral nations with a view to ending the European conflict.[16] Even after the resumption of unlimited German submarine warfare in their effort to blockade their enemies, Lane refused to support an end to diplomatic relations with the German empire.[16] Lane was an outspoken opponent of Wilson’s plan to arm merchant ships, arguing that the conservative Democratic President was thereby attempting to usurp the Congressional prerogative to declare war and to replace it with Executive authority.[18]

Joseph “Joe” Lane (December 14, 1801 – April 19, 1881) was an American politician and soldier. He was a state legislator representing Evansville, Indiana, and then served in the Mexican–American War, becoming a general. President James K. Polk appointed Lane as the first Governor of Oregon Territory. When Oregon was admitted as a state in 1859, Lane was elected one of Oregon’s first two U.S. Senators.

In 1860, Lane was nominated for Vice President of the pro-slavery Southern wing of the Democratic Party, as John C. Breckinridge‘s running mate. Lane’s pro-slavery views and sympathy for the Confederate States of America in the Civil War effectively ended his political career in Oregon.

A son was later elected U.S. Representative and a grandson U.S. Senator, making Lane the patriarch of one of the state’s most prominent political families

In 1853, after he was re-elected as Delegate in 1853, but before he left for Washington, D.C., Lane was appointed as brigadier general commanding a force of volunteers raised to suppress recent Native American violence. Lane led the force to southern Oregon to stop Native American attacks against settlers and miners there.[1] Lane was again wounded in a skirmish at Table Rock, in Sams Valley, not far from today’s cities of Medford and Central Point.[1]

Lane was also an active participant in the so-called Rogue River Wars of 1855–1856.[1]

In 1860, the Democratic Party split on the issue of slavery. Pro-slavery Democrats from the South left the national convention and nominated their own candidates: John C. Breckinridge for President, and Lane for Vice President.

This “Southern Democrat” ticket was defeated. With his defeat as Vice President and the beginning of the Civil War, Lane’s political career ended. His pro-slavery views had been controversial in Oregon; his pro-secessionist views were wholly unacceptable.[5] Lane became notorious for an exchange with Andrew Johnson of Tennessee on his last day in the Senate. Johnson had spoken in favor of the Union and denounced secession. A referendum on secession in Tennessee failed shortly thereafter, generally credited to Johnson’s speech. On March 2, Lane accused Johnson of having “sold his birthright” as a Southerner. Johnson responded by suggesting that Lane was a hypocrite for so accusing Johnson when Lane so staunchly supported a movement of active treason against the United States.[6]

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1 Response to Statue of John Breckenridge Castleman

  1. Reblogged this on Rosamond Press and commented:

    My family history makes me Heir to the Panther Rainbow Coalition.

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