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Dr. Benjamin Knight


Date Party Office Votes Result
11-07-1882 Democratic SD-06 0 Win

Candidate Biography:

Born: October 16, 1836 in Mansfield, Connecticut
Married: Lydia A. Killey
Children: Edith, Ida, Benjamin K. and and Mary A.
Military Service: ARMY (Civil War)
Died: June 2, 1905

Previous: County Physician, Santa Cruz County
1884-1885: President pro Tempore, California State Senate
Later: Physician, Southern Pacific Railroad

  • His son, Benjamin K. Knight, was Santa Cruz County District Attorney (1899-1914), Superior Court Judge (1914-1924), Associate Justice, 1st Court of Appeals (1924-1947). Dr. Knight's grandson, Benjamin Bliss Knight, served as Santa Cruz County District Attorney from (1935-1942) and then declined reelection to join the Marine Corps for WWII. Benjamin B. would serve with the War Crimes Commission following the war.

Source: "The Legislature." Sacramento Daily Record-Union, 1 January 1883, Page 12.
Source: California Blue Book (1924)