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E. Kirby Chamberlain


Date Party Office Votes Result
11-13-1849 Nonpartisan SD-Los Angeles 320 Win

Candidate Biography:

Ephraim Kirby Chamberlain
Born: April 24, 1805 in Litchfield County, Connecticut
Military Service: ARMY (Mexican-American War)
Died: December 26, 1852 on the steamer California

1840: Surgeon, Boundary Line Commission
1849-1951: President pro Tempore, California State Senate

  • CASTING VOTE: The State Senate reached its first tie vote on December 18, 1849 (two days before the first Governor and Lt. Governor were sworn in). As Senate President pro Tem (and Acting Lieutenant Governor) Chamberlain cast the first 'casting vote' to break a 6 to 6 tie on a motion by Senator John Bidwell that the vote on the adoption of the Senate Rules be taken on each rule separately." Chamberlain voted no.
  • History of Santa Clara County by J. P. Munro-Fraser (1881) indicates that Chamberlain was a doctor and held an MD degree.

Source: History of Political Conventions in California, 1849-1892 by Winfield J. Davis (1893)

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