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Robert Desty


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Case and Comment
Date Party Office Votes Result
09-03-1879 Workingmen SD-08 0 Win

Candidate Biography:

Robert Daillebout d'Estimauville de Beaumaucha
(sometimes shortened to Robert d'Esti Mauville or Robert D'Allebout De Beau)
Born: February 17, 1827 in Quebec, Canada
Military Service: ARMY (Mexican-American War)
Died: September 27, 1895 in Rochester, New York

1850s: District Attorney, ????? County
1867-1878: Principal, West End School (San Francisco)

  • In the 1850s, Desty was the teacher in Unionville (now Arcata) and his students included Charles A. Murdock.
  • After being elected to the Senate in 1879, it was found that Desty was not a citizen. He was not allowed to take office and the seat was declared vacant. James D. Byrnes was elected to fill the vacancy on March 30, 1880.
  • Desty returned to New York following the 1879 election, and found that although he had filed a petition to become a citizen in 1849 (and received a certificate recognizing his application), he never formally became a citizen in New York at that time. He claimed to have been naturalized in San Francisco (but that the records were destroyed in an 1850 fire) and petitioned to have his citizenship take place retroactively. The petition was declined, and he became a citizen in February 1880.
  • "While known to the legal profession far and near as Robert Desty, his true name, as he himself wrote it in signing a contract respecting a claim to ancestral estates was Robert Daillebout d'Estimauville de Beaumauchal" Source: Case and Comment

Source: Case and Comment Vol. 2, No. 5 (October 1895)

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