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Lilburn W. Boggs


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Community of Christ
Date Party Office Votes Result
06-03-1849 Nonpartisan Delegate 0 Win
09-03-1851 Democratic AD-19 0 Win

Candidate Biography:

Lilburn Williams Boggs
Born: December 14, 1796 in Lexington, Kentucky
Married:  Julia Ann Bent (m. 1817, d. 1820), Panthea Grant Boone (m. 1823)*
Children: Angus, Henry, and Mariano Guadalupe Vallejo Boggs
Military Service: ARMY (War of 1812), State of Missouri (1838 Mormon War)
Died: March 19, 1860 in Sonoma, CA

1826-1830: Representative, Missouri State Legislature
1830-1832: Senator, Missouri State Legislature
1832-1836: Lieutenant Governor of Missouri
1836-1840: Governor of Missouri
1842-1846: Senator, Missouri State Legislature
1847: Alcalde of the Sonoma District
1849: Delegate, First California Constitutional Convention (Elected from Sonoma District but did not serve)

  • MORMONS: Boggs is probably best remembered for his role in the 1838 Mormon War in Missouri, when he issued an executive order which said due to their " and avowed defiance of the laws, and of having made war upon the people of this State ... the Mormons must be treated as enemies, and must be exterminated or driven from the State if necessary for the public peace." 
  • OUCH: On May 6, 1842, Boggs was shot by an unknown party (allegedly Orrin Porter Rockwell) who shot him four times as he read a newspaper in his study. Two shots lodged in his skull, another in his neck, and a fourth entered his throat, whereupon Boggs swallowed it. 
  • Panthea Boone was a granddaughter of Daniel Boone.
  • SUPER CLASSY: issued a "Commemorative Lilburn W. Boggs Toilet Paper" in 2009.

Source: History of Political Conventions in California, 1849-1892 by Winfield J. Davis
Source: Governmental Roster, 1889. State and County Governments of California by W. C. Hendricks
Source: OFFICE OF GOVERNOR LILBURN WILLIAMS BOGGS, 1837-1841 by Missouri State Archives [ONLINE]

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