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Joseph W. McCorkle


Date Party Office Votes Result
10-07-1850 Democratic AD-14 0 Win

Candidate Biography:

Born: June 24, 1819 in Piqua, Ohio
Died: March 18, 1884 in Branchville, Maryland

1845-1849: Postmaster of Dayton [Ohio]
1850: Candidate for Judge, Eighth Judicial District (Lost)
1852: Primary Candidate for CD-AL (Lost)
1853-1857: Justice, Ninth Judicial District
1855: Candidate for U.S. Senator (Lost)
1859: Pall Bearer, Funeral of US Senator David C. Broderick

  • It appears that in the 1850 election, McCorkle was elected to both the State Assembly and House of Representatives.
  • DUEL: On June 1, 1853, McCorkle fought a duel (rifles at thirty yards) against U.S. Senator William M. Gwin. Neither party was injured but a donkey was killed. Source: William M. Gwin


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) []