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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)