One of the cool items that I saw while I was there was the desk of former Oregon Governor William Wallace Thayer, he was Oregon's sixth governor. A Democrat, elected in 1878 he was nominated for his service on the legal team that challenged the standing of Republican elector Watts in the famous 1876 election of President Rutherford B. Hayes. While the team was successful, it did not help Samuel Tilden make it to the White House. Hayes still prevailed in the Electoral College.
Thayer won office by just 59 votes. His administration is best remembered for his frugality. He eliminated the state debt during his term and stopped funding on the state capitol building claiming it was too lavish of a building for Oregon. The modern day Oregon court system owes its existence to Thayer as well as he was the first Governor to set it on a course of modernization. Declining to seek a second term, he opted instead to seek a position on the Oregon Supreme Court. During the last fall season of the 19th century Thayer passed away in Portland in 1899.
Here is the beautiful desk Thayer used as Governor and possibly while he was serving on the
There is a lot more at the museum,