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George B. Tingley


Date Party Office Votes Result
11-13-1849 Nonpartisan AD-Sacramento 0 Win
10-07-1850 Whig SD-05 0 Win

Candidate Biography:

Born: August 15, 1815 in Clermont County, Ohio
Children: Viola (who married James H. Lawrence twice)
Died: August 3, 1862 in San Francisco, CA

1849: Speaker pro Tem, California State Assembly
1850: Resigned from the State Assembly on September 25.
1852: Candidate for Senate President Pro Tem (Lost; 1 to 12)
1860s: Register of the U.S. Land Office in San Francisco

  • HISTORICAL NOTE: "At the start considerable dissatisfaction was felt in respect to the accommodation offered by the State House, and only four days after its first occupation, George B. Tingley, a member from Sacramento, introduced a bill to remove the Legislature to Monterey. It only passed its first reading and was then consigned to the purgatory of "further action." Source: History of Santa Clara County by J. P. Munro-Fraser (1881)
  • Tingley was the first State Senator to represent Contra Costa County after it's incorporation.
  • In 1851, Tingley became the first person to serve in both houses of the California Legislature and the first to go from the Assembly to the Senate.

Source: History of Political Conventions in California, 1849-1892 by Winfield J. Davis (1893)

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