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George Pen. Johnston


Date Party Office Votes Result
09-06-1854 Democratic AD-05 0 Win

Candidate Biography:

George Pendleton Johnston
Born: August 6, 1826 in Breckinridge Co., Kentucky
Died: March 4, 1884 in San Francisco, CA

Previous: Sheriff, Somewhere in Mississippi

  • Legal Troubles: Johnston fought a duel with William I. Ferguson on Angel Island in 1858 following a "convivial altercation" at a saloon in San Francisco on August 19th. The duel, with pistols, lasted four rounds, until Ferguson's thigh bone was broken. He died a few weeks later.  [Source:]

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