Linn, Lewis Fields

Linn, Lewis Fields

(1795–1843) physician, U.S. senator; born near Louisville, Ky. A surgeon in the War of 1812, he set up his practice in Missouri, and was then appointed to serve that state in the U.S. Senate (Dem., 1833–43). An exponent of "manifest destiny," his Oregon Bill of 1843 provided liberal land grants and military defense of that territory.
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