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John W. Wilcox


Date Party Office Votes Result
09-03-1862 Union AD-05 0 Win
09-02-1863 Union AD-05 0 Win
09-05-1865 Union AD-05 0 Win
09-06-1871 Democratic AD-05 0 Win
09-07-1875 Democratic AD-05 0 Win

Candidate Biography:

John Wesley Wilcox
Born: 1831 in Kentucky

1866: Speaker pro Tem, California State Assembly
1887-1889: Sergeant-at-Arms, California State Senate

  • LEGAL TROUBLE: In 1876, Wilcox was charged with "assault to murder" F. M. Somers. According to testimony by Senate page William B. Dolan, Wilcox "approached Somers from behind" while "Somers was seated, writing" and "struck Somers with a stick on the head." "Wilcox drew a pistol from his breast and held it with his two hands. He did not point it.

Source: Directory of the California Legislature. Twenty-First Session, 1875-6 by William Halley (1876)
Source: Legislative Guide... of all the State Officers and Members of the Legislature... by Kean & Dudley (H.S. Crocker and Co.; 1871)
Source: "The Wilcox Case", Sacramento Daily Union, March 15, 1876 (p. 5)