Lovejoy left Boston and arrived in Oregon in 1843. He settled in Oregon City, practiced law, and began a long career in politics. He claimed a tract of land on the Willamette River in a spot that would one day become Portland, but at the time was just a small clearing.
Eventually Lovejoy decided the spot wasn’t for him and sold his claim to Francis Pettygrove, but not before losing a coin toss for naming rights. Mr. Pettygrove, from Maine, chose the name Portland. Mr. Lovejoy had preferred Boston.
Lovejoy served in the Oregon Territorial Legislature, and was a delegate to the Oregon Constitutional Convention in 1857.