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William D. Fair

Whig

Date Party Office Votes Result
03-02-1850 Nonpartisan SD-San Joaquin 1194 Win
09-03-1851 Whig Attorney General 21044 Loss
 

Candidate Biography:

Born: 1823 in Virginia
Married: Laura Grayson (in 1858)
Child: A daughter
Died: December 27, 1861 in San Francisco, CA

1849: President of the Mississippi Rangers

  • Suicide (allegedly) - In Volume 36 of his history of the Pacific Coast, Hubert Howe Bancroft described Fair's death as "said to have committed suicide."
  • Shortly after Fair committed suicide, his widow Laura began an affair with Alexander Crittenden. She murdered Crittenden in front of his family in 1870.

Source: History of Political Conventions in California, 1849-1892 by Winfield J. Davis (1893)
Source: San Francisco Cemetery Records, 1848-1863 by Tamalpais Chapter, DAR (1938)
Source: "The Names of the President and Senators of the First Senate of the State of California. Convened at the Capitol of San Jose, December the 15th, One Thousand Eight Hundred and Forty Nine." (1849)