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J. W. Van Benschoten


Date Party Office Votes Result
11-13-1849 Nonpartisan AD-San Joaquin 0 Win

Candidate Biography:

John Wesley Van Benschoten
Born: October 14, 1817
Married: Jessie McKay (m. 1866, d. 1870), Mary A. Gunn (m. 1873)
Children: Charles Wesley, Joseph
Died: January 12, 1886 near Graysonville, CA

1850: Resigned from the State Assembly on February 18.
1850-1851: Postmaster, Graysonville (Tuolumne Co.) Post Office

  • THE THINGS PARENTS DO FOR THEIR KIDS: "John Wesley V.B. in his early years was a delicate boy, and his parents, to give him a more robust constitution, apprenticed him to a butcher."
  • He was later described as "square-built, good natured, skilled with the fists and no churchman."

Source: Concerning the Van Bunschoten or Van Benschoten Family in America by William Henry Van Benschoten (1907)