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Charles Westmoreland


Date Party Office Votes Result
09-05-1855 Know Nothing SD-17 0 Win
09-04-1867 Union AD-27 0 Win

Candidate Biography:

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)