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David F. Douglass

Know Nothing

Picture of David F. Douglass
CA Blue Book (2000)
Date Party Office Votes Result
11-13-1849 Nonpartisan SD-San Joaquin 2587 Win
10-07-1850 Whig SD-08 0 Win
09-06-1854 Whig AD-08 0 Win
01-10-1856 Know Nothing Secretary of State 0 Win

Candidate Biography:

Born: January 1821 in Sumner County, Tennessee
Military Service: ARMY (Mexican-American War)
Died: June 1872 in San Joaquin County, CA

1851: Candidate for Senate President Pro Tem (Lost; 3 to 10)
1857-1858: [Ex-Officio] California State Librarian
Later: U.S. Marshal (first Marshal in California)

  • HISTORIC: In 1855, Douglass became the second person to serve in both houses of the California Legislature.
  • Legislative Altercation: In 1839, Douglass killed Dr. William Howell in a fight and served 14 months in prison.
  • Douglass was the first State Senator to represent Calaveras County after it's incorporation.

Source: History of Political Conventions in California, 1849-1892 by Winfield J. Davis (1893)
Source: "The Names of the President and Senators of the First Senate of the State of California. Convened at the Capitol of San Jose, December the 15th, One Thousand Eight Hundred and Forty Nine." (1849)