T. W. H. ShanahanDemocratic
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)