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William Wirt Pendegast


Date Party Office Votes Result
09-04-1867 Democratic SD-18 0 Win
09-06-1871 Democratic SD-18 0 Win

Candidate Biography:

Born: February 8, 1842 in Monroe County, Kentucky
Married: Henrietta Wood, Lou Boggs
Children: Three
Died: February 29, 1876 in Santa Rosa, CA 

1872: Candidate for Senate President Pro Tem (Lost; 1 to 21)

  • Youngest: Elected to the State Senate at age 26.
  • Pendegast is best remembered for acting as defense attorney when the famous photographer Eadweard Muybridge was on trial for the murder of Harry Larkyns in 1874. Muybridge was acquitted.

Source: History of Political Conventions in California, 1849-1892 by Winfield J. Davis (1893)
Source: Legislative Guide... of all the State Officers and Members of the Legislature... by Kean & Dudley (H.S. Crocker and Co.; 1871)