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John W. Satterwhite


Date Party Office Votes Result
09-05-1865 Democratic AD-01 0 Win
11-03-1868 Democratic AD-01 0 Win
09-07-1875 Independent Democratic SD-01 0 Win
09-03-1879 Democratic SD-01 0 Win
11-04-1902 Democratic AD-72 802 Loss
11-03-1908 Democratic AD-72 1861 Loss
11-05-1912 Democratic AD-63 3202 Loss

Candidate Biography:

John Woodward Satterwhite
April 28, 1841 in Chester Co., South Carolina
Married: Mary Abrelia
Children: Abrelia Dollie, Mary J., John Woodward, William T., Frederich and Chester
Family: Father of William Satterwhite
Died: February 16, 1885 in San Bernardino, CA

1860s: District Attorney, San Bernardino County
1860s: Deputy County Clerk, San Bernardino County
1870: Resigned from the State Assembly on August 4.
1880: Candidate for Senate President Pro Tem (Lost; 1 to 22)
1881: Candidate for Senate President Pro Tem (Lost; 11 to 23)

  • NOTABLE NO VOTE (Slavery): Satterwhite was one of 11 Assemblymembers (and 15 Legislators overall) who voted against SJR 1 (1865), adopting the Thirteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which officially ended slavery in the United States. [Source: A print of the vote for SJR 1 that hangs in a side hallway behind the State Senate Chambers]
  • Satterwhite was the youngest Assemblyman in 1866, at 24 years old. [Source: Daily Alta California, Volume 18, Number 5820, 15 February 1866]

Source: Directory of the California Legislature. Twenty-First Session, 1875-6 by William Halley (1876)
Source: History of Political Conventions in California, 1849-1892 by Winfield J. Davis (1893)
Source: "Pen Portraits" Compiled by R.R. Parkinson, Submitted by Nancy Pratt Melton as part of the California Genealogy & History Archives