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John D. Cosby

Know Nothing

Date Party Office Votes Result
09-05-1855 Know Nothing SD-12 0 Win
Website: www.findagrave.com/memorial/176659295/john-dabney-cosby
 

Candidate Biography:

John Dabney Cosby
Born: 1818 in Augusta, Virginia
Married: Lucinda Fowler
Military Service: ARMY (Mexican War), Arizona Colonization Company (1857 Attempted Succession of the Republic of Sonora)
Died: May 15, 1861 in Yreka, CA

  • Cosby was a member of the filibuster party (led by Henry A. Crabb) that attempted to split off part of northern Mexico into a separate "Republic of Sonora", but was not present for the Battle of Cavores. The battle continued for eight days, at the end of which Crabb surrendered with 58 men. Crabb and five other former California legislators were executed by firing squad the next day. [Source: Daily Alta California, Volume IX, Number 133, 14 May 1857]

Source: Crabb's Filibustering Expedition into Sonora, 1857 by Robert H. Forbes (1952)
Source: History of Political Conventions in California, 1849-1892 by Winfield J. Davis (1893)