Born: 1829 in Georgia
Married: ????? (div.)
Child: Charles Jr.
Died: December 23, 1868 in Panama
1863: Associate Editor, Marysville Appeal
1863: Secretary of the Senate, California State Senate
1867-1868: Minority Leader, California State Assembly
1868: [Union] Primary Candidate for CD-03 (Lost)
1868: U.S. Presidential Elector
- Westmoreland was the earliest Republican Minority Leader in the Assembly that we have been able to find. [Representative and leading men of the Pacific, by Oscar Shuck (1870)]
- Westmoreland died in Panama on his way to Washington "to deliver to the president of the Senate a list of the votes of California for President and Vice-Present for eighteen hundred and sixty-eight." [United States Statutes at Large, Volume 15 by George P. Sanger (1869)]
- TV CONNECTION: It's unlikely that the writers of the TV show "Prison Break" were thinking of State Senator Westmoreland, but Episode 20 of Season 2 is titled "Panama" and features a bag of money that belonged to a Season 1 character named Charles Westmoreland.
Source: History of Political Conventions in California, 1849-1892 by Winfield J. Davis (1893)
Source: Representative and leading men of the Pacific by Oscar Shuck (1870)