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Caleb Dorsey


Date Party Office Votes Result
09-04-1877 Democratic AD-05 0 Win

Candidate Biography:

Born: September 7, 1833 in Baltimore, Maryland
Military Service: Confederate Army (Civil War)
Family Brother-in-law of James Broadhead (President of the American Bar Association)
Killed: April 21, 1896 in "the mountains above" Columbia, CA [Source]

Previous: Member, Stanislaus County Board of Supervisors
1885: Member, Stockton Insane Asylum Board of Directors


  • Dorsey was held as a Prisoner of War (POW) by the Union Army from February 15-July 1862.
  • Dorsey was murdered near the Snell Mine by mine co-owner John T. Newcomer.
  • PLACENAME: Dorsey Road in Oakdale is named for Colonel Dorsey.
  • NOT CLEAR: In compiling his list of list of legislators, it appears that Winfield J. Davis confused this Caleb Dorsey with his second-cousin Caleb Dorsey (born 1834 in Maryland) who ran for Tuolumne County District Attorney (in 1855) died March 28, 1885 in Sonora, CA. This is a great document for untangling the two.


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