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Paul Shirley

Independent Democratic

Date Party Office Votes Result
09-07-1875 Independent Democratic SD-15 0 Win

Candidate Biography:

Born: April 30, 1827 in Glasgow, Kentucky
Married: Mary E. Gift (m. 1857, d. 1860), Leonora Edmona Gift (m. 1867)
Children: Albert G., Maude, and another daughter
Military Service: ARMY (Mexican-American War)
Died: December 11, 1895 in Martinez, CA

1851-1857: Sheriff, Solano County
1884-1888: Warden, San Quentin Prison

  • In the Mexican War, Shirley served under General Stoneman (who later became California Governor)
  • Family Ties: His wives were sisters.

Source: Directory of the California Legislature. Twenty-First Session, 1875-6 by William Halley (1876)
Source: History of Political Conventions in California, 1849-1892 by Winfield J. Davis (1893)
Source: "Pen Portraits" Compiled by R.R. Parkinson, Submitted by Nancy Pratt Melton as part of the California Genealogy & History Archives