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Alexander P. Crittenden


Date Party Office Votes Result
11-13-1849 Nonpartisan AD-Los Angeles 0 Win
09-03-1851 Democratic AD-05 0 Win

Candidate Biography:

Alexander Parker Crittenden
Born: January 14, 1816 in Lexington, Kentucky
Children: One daughter and one son
Military Service: Confederate Army (Civil War)
Killed: November 5, 1870 in San Francisco, CA*

1870: Appointed Reporter, California Supreme Court

  • LEGISLATION: Author of AB 60 (Chapt 99, Stats of 1850), which included the provision that in California courts, "No black or mulatto person, or Indian, shall be allowed to give evidence in favor of, or against a white man." In 1854, this law was used to successfully appeal the conviction of George W. Hall for the murder of Ling Sing, on the basis that the multiple witnesses to the murder were non-whites and could not testify.
  • LEGISLATION: Author of the bill to incorporate the City of Los Angeles. (1850) 
  • OUCH: According to "Gold Rush Politics" by Mary Jo Ignoffo, Crittenden was murdered by Laura Fair (widow of William D. Fair) after a seven-year affair. Crittenden had pretended to be single, but Fair followed him onto a ferry from Oakland to San Francisco where he was meeting with his family and shot him on November 3, 1870. He died two days later.

Source: "Californians in the Rebels Ranks", The Los Angeles Star. December 19, 1862. Transcribed by Dee Sardoch.