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James A. McDougall


Picture of James A. McDougall
Library of Congress
Date Party Office Votes Result
08-01-1849 Nonpartisan Delegate 0 Win
10-07-1850 Democratic Attorney General 10405 Win
11-02-1852 Independent CD-AL 9968 Win
04-01-1861 Democratic Senate3 0 Win

Candidate Biography:

James Alexander McDougall
Born: November 19, 1817 in Bethlehem, New York
Died: September 3, 1867 in Albany, New York

1842-1846: Attorney General of Illinois
1849: Delegate, First California Constitutional Convention
1851: Resigned as Attorney General on December 30.

  • NOTABLE NO VOTE (Slavery): McDougall was the only Californian in Congress (of two US Senators and three Representatives) who voted against S.J. Res. 16 (1864), which submitted the proposed Thirteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution to the states. The amendment, when adopted, officially ended slavery in the United States.
  • EDITORIAL NOTE: It must be rough to have the two most-cited biographies about you be titled; James A. McDougall, A Forgotten Senator and Not Exactly a Hero: James Alexander McDougall in the United States Senate. Ouch.

Source: History of Political Conventions in California, 1849-1892 by Winfield J. Davis (1893)
Source: "Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1774-Present" (U.S. Library of Congress) []