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James A. Banks


Date Party Office Votes Result
09-02-1857 Republican AD-05 0 Win
09-01-1858 Republican AD-05 0 Win
11-06-1860 Republican AD-05 0 Win
08-01-1861 Republican SD-08 0 Win
09-03-1862 Union AD-08 0 Win

Candidate Biography:

Born: 1824 in Pennsylvania
Killed: August 1, 1867 at Camp Winfield Scott [now Paradise Valley], Nevada

1864: Delegate, Nevada Constitutional Convention
1866: Assemblymember, Nevada State Legislature
1866: Assembly Speaker, Nevada State Legislature

  • Banks was the first California legislator to resign from the Assembly to take a seat in the State Senate. He had been elected to the Assembly in 1860 for the 1861 term, and was elected to the Senate in a special election in August 1861. The next person to change houses midterm was Allen G. Thurman in 1947.
  • Killed by Indians.

Source: History of Political Conventions in California, 1849-1892 by Winfield J. Davis (1893)
Source: Selected Officers of the Nevada Legislature by the Nevada Legislative Counsel Bureau (2010)
Source: Political History of Nevada (Eleventh Edition) by Dean Heller, Nevada Secretary of State