Benjamin F. RushRepublican
Benjamin Franklin Rush
Born: October 12, 1852 in Sacramento, CA
Died: September 8, 1940
1892-1896: Sheriff, Solano County
1904-1907: President, State Board of Agriculture
- Rush was not related to the Benjamin Rush who was a "Founding Father of the United States" or Dr. Benjamin Franklin Rush Jr., who attended college in California but whose family was from Oregon.
- Rush ran on a platform that he "wouldn't make no speeches" and made only one floor speech during his 24 years in the Senate. According to "The California Legislature" by Joseph Beek, that speech was; "Mr. President, now about this bill: A man come over to Napa give me this bill. He said it was a good bill. I've knowed the man 30 years and he never lied to me yet. The committee says it's a good bill and I hope you'll all vote for it."
Source: The California Legislature by Joseph Beek (1980 edition)
Source: California Blue Book (1909), (1911), (1924)