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T. W. H. Shanahan


Date Party Office Votes Result
11-02-1886 Democratic AD-04 0 Win
11-06-1888 Democratic AD-04 0 Win
11-04-1890 Democratic AD-04 0 Win
11-08-1892 Democratic AD-05 0 Win
11-03-1896 People's AD-05 0 Win
11-08-1910 Democratic SD-02 4477 Win

Candidate Biography:

Thaddeus Wilton Huff Shanahan
Born: January 11, 1859 in Colusa County, CA
Married: Frances H. Woods (m. 1879, d. 1938)
Children: Three (including Elmer W.)
Died: January 30, 1940 in Redding, CA

1889: Speaker pro Tem, California State Assembly
1891: Candidate for Assembly Speaker (Lost; 18 to 60)
1895-1899: Member, Revision and Reform of the Laws of California Commission
1911: Opponent, Proposition 2 (Establishing county 'home rule' rights vs. California)
1914-19??: Superintendent, U.S. Mint at San Francisco

  • LEGISLATION: According "The California Legislature" by Beek, Shanaham "played a leading part in the introduction of the Australian ballot in state elections." The "Australian ballot" is now known as "the secret vote" (in which a the choices of a voter are kept secret) is now regarded as a fundamental of a true democratic election. 
  • NICKNAME: Shanahan was known as "The Tall Sycamore from Shasta"

Source: The California Legislature by Joseph Beek. Printed by the CA Secretary of the Senate (1981).
Source: "Some Public Men". The Sunday Union (Sacramento), 2/8/1891. Page 7.
Source: California Blue Book (1911)