James K. Weatherford graduated from Corvallis College in 1872. Admitted to the Oregon Bar in 1876, he was a prominent defense attorney who served on the OAC Board of Regents from 1886-1929, serving as the Board's president from 1901-1929. Weatherford Hall is named is his honor.
Ground was broken for the Memorial Union in June, 1927 and the building opened for use less than 18 months later on Homecoming, November 17, 1928. It was formally dedicated on June 1, 1929 "in memory of the heroic dead who gave their lives in their country's wars." Weatherford Hall is seen in the background.