• Oregon State Representative, 1949-1950.

 About Rep. Sell

Rep. John Sell grew up in Wisconsin, and his banking career began in 1930, when he was hired as a messenger boy for First Wisconsin National Bank. After working for the bank for a few years, he and a friend headed west to Portland in 1936. He took a job at First National Bank of Portland, and later got transferred to The Dalles branch. 

While living in The Dalles, constituents in Wasco County elected Rep. Sell to the Oregon House of Representatives. He served for one term.

Following his time in the legislature, First National Bank’s Salem branch appointed him as manager. In 1969, Rep. Sell returned to Portland and served as the bank’s representative to the Oregon State Legislature. He also served as president of Oregon Tax Research and the Salem Chamber of Commerce.  

– Interview recorded February 27, 2005