Crooked gambler and liquor man was Portland’s first police chief

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James Lappeus came to Portland from the gold fields of California, where he was a gambler, saloonkeeper and general mining-town rowdy. His career as a cop was dogged by rumors he'd offered to spring a murderer for a $1,000 bribe. (Portland, Multnomah County; 1850s, 1860s, 1870s) (For text and pictures, see http://offbeatoregon.com/1207a-james-lappeus-crooked-gambler-police-chief-in-portland.html)

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