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James W. Silliman


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CA Blue Book
Date Party Office Votes Result
11-05-1946 Republican AD-33 19256 Win
11-02-1948 Republican AD-33 40721 Win
11-07-1950 Republican AD-33 29555 Win
11-04-1952 Republican AD-34 37560 Win
05-03-1955 Republican SD-25 12116 Loss

Candidate Biography:

James Willys Silliman
Born: August 12, 1905 near Castroville, CA
Married: Nevelle Hawkins
Children: Thomas, Floyd, and Karen
Died: October 21, 1976 in Salinas, CA

1953-1954: Speaker, California State Assembly
1954: Primary Candidate for Lieutenant Governor (Lost)
1956: Presidential Elector for California

  • Mount Silliman (elev. 11,188 ft) in Sequoia National Park is NOT named for the Assembly Speaker. The mountain was named after Professor Benjamin Silliman Jr. by a leader of Whitney Survey in 1864. 
  • Silliman was a member of the 'Good Government Group', and was the Speaker who eventually was able to reduce the power of noted lobbyist Arthur "Artie" Samish.
  • Former Speaker Silliman lost the 1955 Senate special election to Fred Farr (father of Congressman Sam Farr), launching the Farr political dynasty that is still in power today (if two relatives constitute a dynasty, that is).

Source: California Blue Book (1954)

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