Thomas J. OxleyWhig
Military Service: Arizona Colonization Company (1857 Attempted Succession of the Republic of Sonora)
Killed: April 7, 1858 at Cavores, Sonora, Mexico*
- HISTORICAL: The most California State Legislators to die at the same time occured on the morning of April 7, 1858 when the Mexican Army executed Henry A. Crabb, Freeman S. McKinney, Thomas J. Oxley, W. H. H. McCoun, N. R. Wood, and John C. Henry.
- Oxley died an "ignomious death at the hands of the savage Mexicans" when he was executed following an 8-day battle. The filibuster expedition he was part of (led by Henry A. Crabb) fought a battle with Mexicans in the town of Cavores. The battle continued for eight days, at the end of which Crabb surrendered with 58 men. He was executed by firing squad the next day. [Source: Daily Alta California, Volume IX, Number 133, 14 May 1857]
Source: Crabb's Filibustering Expedition into Sonora, 1857 by Robert H. Forbes (1952)