JoinCalifornia: Election History for the State of California

Information Home Advanced Search Elected Offices Redistricting Longest Service Shortest Service Recalls
Elections 2017 CD-34 Special 2017 AD-51 Special 2018 AD-39 Special 2018 AD-45 Special 2018 AD-54 Special 2018 SD-29 Recall 2018 Election Elections by Decade
Political Parties Democratic Republican Am. Independent Green Libertarian Peace & Freedom No Party Preference
Legislator Databases Women in CA Politics

[search tips] [advanced search]

Searching tips

  • Enter a candidate's name to find a candidate
  • Enter the name of a political party to find the party and all candidates
  • Enter a date to find an election
  • Enter a year to find all elections within that year

Edward Gilbert


Picture of Edward Gilbert
CA Newspaper Hall of Fame (CalPoly SLO)
Date Party Office Votes Result
06-03-1849 Nonpartisan Delegate 0 Win
11-13-1849 Nonpartisan CD-AL 5100 Win

Candidate Biography:

Born: 1822 in Cherry Valley, New York
Military Service: ARMY (Mexican-American War)
Killed: August 2, 1852 near Sacramento, CA

1849: Delegate, First California Constitutional Convention (representing San Francisco District)

  • During the 1849 Constitutional Convention, Gilbert opposed the creation of the elected office of Comptroller because he felt it was important to keep the number of elected offices to a minimum.
  • Gilbert challenged Denver to duel after Denver criticized an article that Gilbert had written in the Alta California calling the gift of financial assistance to members of the Donner Party a ruse to raise the political popularity of Governor John Bigler. The terms of the duel called for rifles at short range to be fought at "The Oaks", a location twelve miles from Sacramento. In the first round, Denver fired into the air, while Gilbert aimed and him and missed. Denver attempted to call off a second round of the duel, but Gilbert refused and Denver shot and killed him.
  • Gilbert was entered into the California Newspaper Hall of Fame (located at CalPoly San Luis Obispo).

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: "Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1774-Present" (U.S. Library of Congress) []

[Update candidate information]