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Phineas Banning


Date Party Office Votes Result
09-05-1865 Union SD-02 0 Win
09-04-1867 Union SD-02 0 Win

Candidate Biography:

Born: August 19, 1830 in Wilmington, Delaware
Married: Rebecca Sanford (m. 1850s, d. 1868), Mary Hollister (m. 1870)
Child: William, Joseph Brent, Hancock (named after Winfield S. Hancock), Mary H., and Lucy Tichenor
Military Service: Militia [Brigadier General]
Died: March 8, 1885 in San Francisco, CA

1848: Founder, City of Wilmington [CA]
1848: Co-Founder, Port of San Pedro

  • In 1861, Banning and B. D. Wilson donated the land used to build Drum Barracks (Union Army headquarters for California and Arizona) during the Civil War.
  • High Rank: Brigadier General (California State Militia)
  • The City of Banning [CA] is named for Phineas Banning.

Source: History of Political Conventions in California, 1849-1892 by Winfield J. Davis (1893)
Source: Anthropographic Chart of the 17th Session of the Legislature... (Sacramento; Russell & Winterburn's, 1867)