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Henry C. Smith


Date Party Office Votes Result
11-02-1852 Democratic AD-05 0 Win

Candidate Biography:

Born: October 25, 1824 in Fort Defiance, Ohio
Married: Mary Vangorden, Mary Ann Harlan (m. 1847)
Children: Julia A., Emma C., Frankin P., and Charles F.
Family: Brother of Napoleon B. Smith
Died: November 24, 1875 in Livermore, CA

1850:  Associate Judge, Court of Sessions for Santa Clara County
1855-1856: Member, Alameda County Board of Supervisors
1859: Candidate for Alamendo County Clerk (Lost)
1871-1872: Justice of the Peace for Murray Township (this area now includes Dublin, Livermore, Pleasanton, Santa Rita, and San Ramon)

  • Niles (which became part of the city of Fremont) was named after Mary Vangorden's hometown of Niles, Michigan.
  • LEGISLATION: Smith was the author of the bill which created Alameda County in 1853.

Source: History of Political Conventions in California, 1849-1892 by Winfield J. Davis (1893)