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William T. Coleman

Democratic

Date Party Office Votes Result
09-01-1858 Democratic AD-18 0 Win
11-06-1860 Douglas Democratic AD-18 0 Win
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Candidate Biography:

William Tell Coleman
Born: February 29, 1824 in Cynthiana, Kentucky
Married: Carrie Page (in 1852)
Children: Two sons
Died: November 22, 1893 in New York, New York

1856: Chairman, San Francisco's Committee on Vigilance
1876-1877: President, Society of California Pioneers

  • Minerals: Colemanite (a borate mineral formed through the combination of borax and ulexite) was named after Coleman. Coleman was the owner of the Harmony Borax Works mine at which it was first discovered.
  • Regard his tenure as head of the Committee on Vigilance; "With some personal reluctance he accepted the office of president, which made him virtually complete dictator... His undaunted courage, his high ability in generalship, his absolute honesty and sound, balanced judgement, and withal his deep devotion to public duty single him out as one of the truly great pioneer leaders of California." [Source: New California The Golden by Rockwell D. Hunt (1933), p. 258-259]

Source: California's Stately Hall of Fame by Rockwell D. Hunt (1950)

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