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Zach Montgomery

Breckinridge Democratic

Date Party Office Votes Result
11-06-1860 Breckinridge Democratic AD-15 0 Win

Candidate Biography:

Born: March 6, 1825 in Nelson County, Kentucky
Married: Helen Francis Graham (m. 1854, d. 1856), Eleanor Bridget Evoy (m. 1857)
Children: Thomas, John Joseph, Zachariah Jr., Mary, Ellen and Margaret (twins), Richard, James and Jane
Died: September 3, 1900 in Los Angeles, CA

1856: District Attorney, Sutter County
1858-1860: District Attorney, Sutter County

1877: Founding President, Oakland Bar Association
1885-1889: Assistant U.S. Attorney General

  • PLACENAME: Montgomery Creek (in Shasta County) is named for Montgomery.
  • In 1850, Motgomery served as attorney for Charles L. Robinson in the trial for Sacramento Mayor Hardin Bigelow's murder during the Squatter's Riot .
  • In 1890, Montgomery served as attorney for San Joaquin County Sheriff Cunningham in the U.S. Supreme Court case "In re David Neagle" related to Neagle's killing of David S. Terry in defense of Stephen J. Field.
  • HISTORIC: Montgomery's son John Joseph is thought by some historians to have conducted the first controlled flights of a heavier-than-air flying machine in America.

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