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Sarshel Bynum

Know Nothing

Date Party Office Votes Result
09-05-1855 Know Nothing SD-10 0 Win

Candidate Biography:

Alternate Spelling: Sarshall Bynum
Born: 1815 in Kentucky
Married: Mary S. Wright (m. 1851) Children: J. Wright, Tompkins, Clara, M.C., Edward and Pricella
Died: November 19, 1876 in Lakeport, CA

1862-1875: County Clerk, Lake County


  • OUCH: On September 10, 1876, Bynum was accidentally shot in the left leg below the knee. On November 5th, his leg was amputated and Bynum was described as "doing well". On November 23rd, four days after he died, the Russian River Flag reported that "Bynum has been slowly progressing, and now more sanguine hopes than ever are entertained that he will speedily recover."
  • A separate news article, dated December 22, 1877 says that "Sarshel Bynum was shot at Lower Lake, Wednesday week. The shooting is said to have been done by G. W. Herndon. The ball entered the left breast, near the arm pit, and came out near the spine.


Source: History of Political Conventions in California, 1849-1892 by Winfield J. Davis (1893)
Source: The Works of Hubert Howe Bancroft: History of Central America. 1886-1887