A report by a team of scholars at Oregon State University says Corvallis founder Joseph C. Avery may or may not have been pro-slavery himself — but was fine with using pro-slavery sentiment to advance his political career.

OSU report details building of Benton Hall with local funds (Gazette-Times)

Sen. Thomas Hart Benton owned slaves, held white supremacist views and stridently advocated for the removal of Native Americans from their tribal lands so white people could expand west. Of all of the historical figures involved in the discussion Oregon State University is having about renaming four campus buildings allegedly named for racists, the Missouri senator is the figure who seems to have the most clearly documented record on race.