Meeker, Ezra (1830-1928), a United States pioneer. Meeker was born near Huntsville, Ohio. In 1852 he traveled west along the Oregon Trail in an ox-drawn covered wagon. He settled in Washington in 1853 and became a farmer. In 1906 and 1910 Meeker retraveled the Oregon Trail in a covered wagon to arouse interest in pioneer history. In 1924 he followed the trail's course by airplane, and in 1926 he founded the Oregon Trail Memorial Association. Meeker wrote several books on pioneer life and an autobiography, Eighty-Five Years of a Busy Life (1916).