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John G. Covert


Date Party Office Votes Result
11-04-1902 Democratic AD-62 986 Win

Candidate Biography:

John George Covert
Born: November 10, 1866 in San Joaquin (Stanislaus Co.), CA
Married: Rebecca Davis (m. 1896)
Child: Robert F.
Died: November 14, 1954 in Hanford, CA

1907-191?: Judge, Tulare County Superior Court

  • OUCH: On April 4, 1917, Attorney Elias Cosper was murdered while representing local business owner W. D. Wiley in a lawsuit against farmer L. H. Denny. At a meeting in Cosper's law office, Denny drew a revolver and shot and killed Cosper and Wiley. When the shooting began, Denny used his attorney, John Covert, as a human shield. Denny then walked into the Hanford courthouse and killed Justice of the Peace George L. Meadows before he in turn was shot and killed by Hanford City Marshal W. J. Hime as he prepared to flee the scene.

Source: California Blue Book (1903)