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David F. Douglass

Know Nothing

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CA Blue Book (2000)
Date Party Office Votes Result
11-13-1849 Nonpartisan SD-San Joaquin 2587 Win
10-07-1850 Whig SD-08 0 Win
09-06-1854 Whig AD-08 0 Win
01-10-1856 Know Nothing Secretary of State 0 Win

Candidate Biography:

Born: January 1821 in Sumner County, Tennessee
Military Service: ARMY (Mexican-American War)
Died: June 1872 in San Joaquin County, CA

1851: Candidate for Senate President Pro Tem (Lost; 3 to 10)
1857-1858: [Ex-Officio] California State Librarian
Later: U.S. Marshal (first Marshal in California)

  • HISTORIC: In 1855, Douglass became the second person to serve in both houses of the California Legislature.
  • Legislative Altercation: In 1839, Douglass killed Dr. William Howell in a fight and served 14 months in prison.
  • Douglass was the first State Senator to represent Calaveras County after it's incorporation.

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

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