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John Barry Curtin


Picture of John Barry Curtin
CA Blue Book (1907)
Date Party Office Votes Result
11-08-1898 Democratic SD-12 4891 Win
11-04-1902 Democratic SD-12 6409 Win
11-06-1906 Democratic SD-12 5093 Win
11-08-1910 Democratic SD-12 5599 Win
11-05-1912 Democratic SD-12 0 Win
11-03-1914 Democratic Governor 116121 Loss
11-05-1918 Democratic SD-12 9560 Loss

Candidate Biography:

Nickname: "Constitutional John"
Born: May 15, 1867 in Gold Springs, CA
Married: Lucy A. Shaw
Child: Barry Richard
Died: May 18, 1925 in Tuolumne Co., CA

1892-1898: District Attorney, Tuolumne County
1903: Candidate for Senate President Pro Tem (Lost; 5 to 28)
1905-1911: Commissioner on Revenue and Taxation
1907: Candidate for Senate President Pro Tem (Lost; 6 to 32)
1909: Candidate for Senate President Pro Tem (Lost; 8 to 31)
1910: Proponent, Proposition 1 ("providing for the separation of state and local taxation, providing for the taxation of public service and other corporations for the benefit of the state")
1910: Proponent, Proposition 11 (Which made the payment of a mortgage, deed of trust, contract, or other obligation be tax exempt")
1913: Candidate for Senate President Pro Tem (Lost; 8 to 29)

  • NOTABLE NO VOTE (Recall): Barry was one of 4 State Senators (and 14 Legislators overall) who voted against SCA 23 (1911), which gave California voters the ability to recall statewide and legislative elected officials.
  • YOSEMITE: Curtin was the primary opponent of Miguel Estudillo's AB 248 (Chapter 61, Statutes of 1905), which authorized the retrocession of Yosemite Valley (and all the headwaters of the Merced River) to the U.S. federal government for use as a National Park.

Source: California Blue Book (1909), (1911)