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Samuel B. Axtell


Picture of Samuel B. Axtell
Credit: Utah State Historical Society
Date Party Office Votes Result
09-04-1867 Democratic CD-01 18793 Win
11-03-1868 Democratic CD-01 23632 Win

Candidate Biography:

Samuel Beach Axtell
Born: October 14, 1819 in Franklin County, Ohio
Died: August 7, 1891 in Morristown, New Jersey

1852-1858: District Attorney of Amador County
1874-1875: Governor of the Utah Territory
1875-1878: Governor of New Mexico Territory
1882-1885: Chief Justice, New Mexico Territorial Supreme Court
1890: Chairman, New Mexico Territorial Republican Committee

  • NOTABLE NO VOTE (15th Amendment): Axtell was one of two Californians in Congress (both were Representatives) who voted against the resolution (1869), which submitted the proposed Fifteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution for ratification by the states. The amendment, when adopted, guaranteed that the right to vote could not be denied on the basis of a citizen's "race, color, or previous condition of servitude."

Source: History of Political Conventions in California, 1849-1892 by Winfield J. Davis (1893)
Source: "Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1774-Present" (U.S. Library of Congress) []