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Madison Walthall


Date Party Office Votes Result
11-13-1849 Nonpartisan AD-Sacramento 0 Win

Candidate Biography:

Born: October 19, 1793 in Charlotte Co., Virginia
Married: Mary Ann Wilson (m. 1823, d.), Elizabeth Frances Burfoot (m. 1834), Sarah Davis
Child: Madison Jr.
Military Service: ARMY (Mexican-American War)
Died: June 15, 1868 in Stockton, CA

1850s: Tax Collector, Port of Stockton

  • According to California Place Names by Erwin G. Gudde, it was Walthall who proposed the name "Shasta County."
  • Moreno's Dictionary of Spanish-named California makes the following note about Shasta County; "Upon the subdivision of the State into counties Mr. Walthall, member of the Assembly of the delegation from the district of Sacramento; proposed this name for the county, and it was adopted by the Legislature. The mountain has likewise been named."
  • Walthall was died after falling from a windmill in Stockton.

Source: Moreno's Dictionary of Spanish-named California cities and towns by Henry Manuel Moreno
Source: California Place Names by Erwin G. Gudde
Source: History of Political Conventions in California, 1849-1892 by Winfield J. Davis (1893)

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