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Niles Searls


Date Party Office Votes Result
09-04-1877 Democratic SD-24 0 Win

Candidate Biography:

Born: December 22, 1825 in Coeymans, New York
Married: Mary Corinthia Niles (in 1853)*
Children: Two (including Fred Searls)
Died: April 27, 1907 in Berkeley, CA

1852-1855: District Attorney, Nevada County
1855-1862: Judge, 14th Judicial District
1884: Delegate, Democratic National Convention
1885-1887: Commissioner, California Supreme Court
1887-1889: Chief Justice, California Supreme Court
1894-1897: Commissioner, California Supreme Court

  • According to Wikipedia, Mary Niles was a first-cousin of Searls before becoming his wife.
  • His second-cousin (and brother-in-law) Addison Niles, was an Associate Justice on the California Supreme Court during the period of 1872-1880.
  • NOTABLE ATTORNEY: Oscar T. Shuck's first edition of The Bench and Bar of California (1887) uses twelve of the thirteen chapters to relate the biography of a notable California attorney. Searles is one of the twelve.

Source: "Pen Portraits" Compiled by R.R. Parkinson, Submitted by Nancy Pratt Melton as part of the California Genealogy & History Archives
Source: Wikipedia page on Niles Searls