Autobiography Of State Officers, Legislators,
Prominent Business And Professional Men Of
The Capital Of the State Of California;
Also, Of Newspaper Proprietors,
Editors, And Members Of The
R. R. Parkinson,
In Sacramento City, during the Session of the Legislature of 1877-8.
Officers Of The Assembly.
Hon. C. P. Berry, of Sutter...Age 43 [See Biography.]
Speaker Pro Tem.
Hon. James B. Murphy, of Del Norte... Age 31 [See Biography]
Robert C. Page, of San Francisco... Age 50 [See Biography]
W. M. Ord, of Santa Cruz...Age 42
E. L. Crawford, of El Dorado County..5 Age 43 [See Biography]
Aurora M. S. Carpenter, of Alameda County...Age 45 [See Biography]
Rev. O. P. Fitzgerald, of San Francisco...Age 48 [See Biography]
James M. Farrelly, of San Francisco...Age 38 [See Biography]
A. J. Dobbins, of Solano County...Age 22 [See Biography]
Assistant Minute Clerk.
J. W. McCarthy, of Stanislaus County...Age 24
James G. Underwood, of Monterey County...Age 35
John C. Morgan, of Los Angeles County...Age 40 [See Biography]
P. J. Haight, of Yolo County...Age 34 [See Biography]
Frank Morse, of Butte County...Age 21
Hon. Carlisle Stewart Abbott.
Has the honor of representing the county of Monterey in the Assembly for the second time. His residence is in the suburbs of Salinas City, and his business is that of a farmer, dairyman and stockraiser. He is a married man; a native of Québec, Canada, and a Republican clear through. He is largely interested in the City and Valley of Salinas, and one of the directors and owners of the narrow gauge railroad running from Salinas City to Monterey, the building of which resulted in the reduction of freights on the Southern Pacific Railroad, a dollar and a half per ton, to San Francisco. He is very popular at home, as also among his colleagues in the Assembly. Energetic and untiring in his labors, he generally succeeds in carrying through any measure furthering the interests of his constituents. He was the honored delegate to the National Convention, held at Philadelphia, which re-nominated President Grant to his second term of office; and both have the last and present sessions he received the Republican nomination for Speaker of the Assembly. He is a member of the Committees on Education, State Prison, and Rules and Regulations.
Hon. W. S. Adams.
[Tulare & Kern Cos.]
Is a Joint Assemblyman, representing the Counties of Tulare and Kern, a native of Maryland, a widower, and resides in Bakersfield, Kern County. He is 65 years of age, and, frequently, the oldest member of the Legislature. Politically, and he is a Democrat, and an advocate of a just, economical administration of State affairs, although not of that class who preach retrenchment in small matters, while the big ones slipped through their fingers, as though they were greased. He came to California in 1865 from Wisconsin, where he served as the Justice of the Peace for more than eight years. He has also mined some, both in that State and California, and kept a livery stable in Bakersfield until recently. Judge Adams is still active-minded, although growing feeble in body. Has the venerable and respectable appearance. He is chairman of the Committee on Public Morals, and a member of Committee on Indian Affairs.
Hon. Chas. D. Allen.
Member of Assembly from Marin County, is 35 years of age, and by occupation a farmer and dairyman. He resides at San Rafael, is married, and came to California from Connecticut, his native State in 1854. He is a Republican, politically, and has previously followed the profession of assayer. Mr. Allen is preprocessing in appearance, his premature gray hair in nowise distracting from his handsome and gentlemanly appearance. He is retiring in disposition, desiring no publicity whatever; but men of Mr. Allen's stripe cannot be long retained in obscurity. Affable and courteous to all, intellectual, and of keen discernment, he is sure to succeed as a legislator, and gain the respect of those brought in contact with him. In the late election of his county, he was not a willing candidate, but the voice of the people, regardless of party decided him to be the man of their choice. He is a member of the Committees on State Prison, Counties and County Boundaries.
Hon. J. P. Ames.
[San Mateo & Sacramento Cos.]
Represents the County of San Mateo, and resides at Half Moon Bay where he is engaged as a farmer, and one of the proprietors of Amesport Laundry. He is a native of England, but left, with his parents, when about three months old; is married, about 49 years of age, a Republican to the backbone, and came to California in 1847, as a volunteer, with Stevenson's Regiment, across the plains, from New York. Mr. Ames is a pioneer of California, and was one of the Yosemite Commissioners appointed by Gov. Booth. He was a former resident of Sacramento, but has resided in his present county since 1855, and has served his county as supervisor for a goodly number of years. Mr. Ames is a thorough businessman, conscientious and honest; is largely identified with the interests of his county, and jealous of her welfare, and just the man she needs to represent her in the Legislature. This is his first session as a legislator, and his watchword is "Economy." He is a member of the Committees on Public Morals, and Swamp and Overflowed Lands.
Hon. William F. Anderson.
[San Francisco & Nevada Cos.]
Is an Assemblyman representing the Eleventh District, San Francisco where he is a practicing attorney, of acknowledged ability. He is a married man; 51 years of age; a Democrat, politically, and a native of Washington, D.C., whence he came to California in 1855. He cast his fortune with Nevada County, and in the following year became its District-Attorney, which office he filled with honor to himself and credit to his constituents, until 1860. He afterwards moved to Nevada Territory, and 1861 received the Democratic nomination for delegate to Congress. He was likewise honored with the same distinction, after the State Organization, in the year 1868. He returned from the State of Nevada to San Francisco early in 1875. This is Mr. Anderson's first session as a member of the California legislature; and the esteem in which he is held, and the confidence reposed in his learning and legal attainments, can be no better demonstrated than by the fact that he was chosen as the Chairman of the Judiciary Committee--the most important position and outside of the Speaker. Mr. Anderson makes a valuable member; is dignified and courteous in his business relations; energetic and industrious, and makes a prominent part in the discussions of all legal questions coming before the House; and his opinions are generally received as the end to of the controversy. Besides his Chairmanship above stated, he is a member of the Committee on Federal Relations, and Chairman of the Special Committee to Investigate the Chinese Question.
Hon. A. Asmussen.
[San Francisco County]
It is an Assemblyman representing the Twelfth District, San Francisco; a native of Germany; about 46 years of age; married; a Democrat, politically, and now engaged in general merchandising. During the year 1849, he was a sailor, under the Mexican flag, applying the waters of the Gulf of California. In the early part of the following year he came to California, and united his energies with the throng of gold hunters, following his vocation in the Counties of Nevada, El Dorado, and Placer, until 1861. He has been a continuous resident of San Francisco the past 14 years. Mr. Asmussen is about the medium size; slightly gray; his national figures strongly defined,; a man of careful consideration, and economical action in all business matters, whether of his own, or belonging to the State. He's not much given to speaking, but can always be depended upon when there is work to be done. This is Mr. Asmussen first legislative experience, and did not seeking his present position. He served a number of years as President of the "Grocers' Protective Union," in San Francisco. He is a member of the Committees of Commerce, Navigation, and Engrossment.
Hon. Samuel W. Backus.
[San Francisco & Sacramento Cos.]
He is an Assemblyman representing the Thirteenth District, San Francisco, 33 years of age, married, and politically a Republican. He is a native of New York, and came to California in 1852, and resided in Sacramento ten years, during which he attended school. He has resided in San Francisco since 1862, where he is well and favorable known as the gentlemen agent of the Oregon Steamship Company, which capacity he has filled for six years past. This is his first experience as a legislator. During the "late unpleasantness" he served upwards of four years in the Army of the Potomac, and Sheridan's Division, with the rank of Lieutenant. Mr. Backus is a smart, sprightly, intelligent gentlemen, neither tall nor robust; black hair, whiskers and mustache, which are worn in a manner that betray his military experience. He has a mind of his own in matters of legislation, and generally flows follows it. He is a member of the Committees on Ways and Means, Rules and Regulations, and Military Affairs.
Hon. Geo. Barstow.
[San Francisco County]
This gentleman represents in part the Tenth District of San Francisco County. He is a native of the State of New Hampshire, 53 years of age, married, a lawyer by profession. Mr. Barstow is the shortest man in the House, but by no means the smallest, for there is not one of the members whose voice is more plainly heard in debate. He is a very peculiar specimen of the genus homo, and well worthy of extended remarks. He served in the State Legislature of the State of 1862-3, and made a good record as Speaker. Mr. Barstow is a Democrat of the liberal school. He is the author of the " History of New Hampshire," published in 1852. He was the intimate friend and literary associate of J. E. P. Weeks, so long associated with the Sacramento Union, and came to California with that gentleman in 1858, from New York City. Connected with the aforesaid gentleman we find the following account of Mr. Barstow, which we clip from a San Francisco paper, published during the election time of 1877. It must here be stated that Mr. Barstow, when quiet a young man, made the tour of Europe, from England to the Holy Land to, alone and on foot. This may perhaps be accounted for, by noticing the length of his body and shortness of his legs. The account runs thus: "Barstow was a decided Democrat, and the Democratic Party then in a hopeless minority, in Massachusetts, used to run him for Legislature and for Congress, but he was not, of course, elected. He was afterwards appointed from the rank of Light Infantry Company to which he belonged in the militia, to be aide-de-camp of Major-General McNeil. Then we used to go from town to town, as was the fashion in that country, reviewing the different regiments on the muster fields. The Barstow was the smallest man, in stature, on the Staff, but was noted for physical endurance, as well as for talent, and when the Division Inspector, a corpulent man, proved unequal to the fatigues of inspection duty, and resigned, and Barstow was promoted to his place with the growth of Colonel. I have seen him pass rapidly down the lines of four or five companies of infantry, one after another, in full regimentals, and inspect their arms, without stopping at a moment to rest. The inspection of the musket, at that time, consisted in part, in taking it from the soldier at "present arms" and giving it a tossing motion upwards, so as to throw the ramrod up eight or ten inches and let it fall back upon the breach-pin. If it gave the clear, ringing sound, when it fell, the barrel was clean, but if it fell with the muddy "thud" it was foul, and the soldier was reported to his Captain to be fined. It is a light matter to toss up ten or a dozen muskets in this way, but few men can hold out to handle four or five hundred without rest; but Barstow would mount his horse after his work was over, and make his address to the soldiers, a duty always assigned to him by the General, because he had a clear voice, as if nothing had happened; and this remarkable physical endurance gained for him, among the militia men, the sobriquet of " Little Ironsides."
Hon. Lewis Byington.
Assemblyman from Sierra County. He is a native of Connecticut, and 57 years of age. He came to California from Connecticut in 1852, and settled in Sierra County, where he has remained ever since. He was elected Sheriff of the County and County Supervisor twice. Mr. Byington is a butcher by trade, and did an immense business at that time in the town of Monte Cristo, one of the richest mining camps in 1855-6-7 and 8. He is now a resident of Downieville, the County Seat of Sierra County. Mr. B. is a married man, and has a numerous family. He is a Democrat, and always one, but his politics don't hurt him at all. In person he is heavy set, of florid complexion, and not as old-looking as might be expected. He is a genial, whole-souled to gentleman, as those who know him best can testify. No friend of Lewis' was ever turned hungry from his doors. If he is not wealthy, he ought to be, for you certainly had the cream of the business in his county. The citizens of Sierra County may with confidence repose in Mr. Byington's doing all in his power to conserve their interests.
Hon. S. L. Blackwell.
Is an Assemblyman and, representing Nevada County, a native of North Carolina, and resides at Moore's Flat. He is a practical miner, a full-fledged Democrat, and a bachelor. He came to this state from Tennessee in 1853, and is now serving his second session as an Assemblyman. Mr. Blackwell is a fair specimen of the California miner, sturdy and muscular, and judging from his stern and fearless expression, he is the tool of no man, or set of men, but will always stand for the right. He is 45 years of age, a member of the Committee on Public Lands, and chairman of the Committee on Minds and Mining.
Hon. Seth B. Blake.
[San Francisco County]
Represents the Tenth District, San Francisco, in the Assembly; is a native of New Hampshire, whence he came to California in 1850. He is a Republican, a married man, about 48 years of age, and used to follow mining in Tuolumne County. He has since followed merchandising, but is now retired from business. This is his first experience as a law-maker. Mr. Blake is a medium stature, thick set, dark complexion, slightly gray, has a good head, and plenty of brain. He is an advocate for economical measures, and will never be found leading his aide to squander the people's money. He is a member of the Committees on Claims, Internal Improvements, and Public Morals.
Hon. James F. Breen.
[San Benito County]
Is the representative in the Assembly of San Benito County. He is a native of Iowa, married, and about 36 years of age. He resides at San Juan South. Republican in politics, and an Attorney by profession and practice. He came to California with his parents in 1846, being then but 4 years of age, in company with the famous Donner party, whose suffering, privations, and ultimate deliverance from a terrible death, have become a part of the early history of California, and in 1847 arrived at Fort Sutter, near the present site of the City of Sacramento. He is very popular at home, and has never yet failed to gained an office in the gift of the county in which he resides, to which he has aspired, notwithstanding the county is largely Democratic. He has previously served his constituents both as District Attorney and County Judge in an acceptable manner. He is a gentleman of culture, a deep student, a keen observer, and a pleasant speaker; moderately and commendably ambitious, and would not object to serve his constituents in the Congress of United States, where those who know him best desire to see him. He is a member of the Committees on Judiciary and Public Lands.
Hon. William Broderick.
[San Francisco County]
Is a member of the Assembly, representing the Twelfth District, San Francisco; about 44 years of age; a married man; a machinist by trade; a Democrat, politically; a native of Ireland, whence he arrived in New York in 1836; thence to California in 1863. In 1865 he went to Reese River, where he was engaged in quartz mining, assaying and amalgamating, for four years. From there he went to the State of Sonora, Mexico, under engagement as Superintendent of the celebrated San Marcial Mill and Mining Company, where he remained nearly a year, returning to San Francisco in 1870, and has since resided there. Mr. Broderick is now serving his second session in the Assembly, and makes a substantial member. In the previous session he gained to the esteem and confidence of his constituents by his unswerving fidelity to their interests, and will be likely to preserve his reputation unsullied to the end of his present session. Mr. Broderick is a man of good sense, and void of arrogance, courteous to all. He is a Notary Public for San Francisco; Chairman of Enrolling Committee, and a member of the Committee on Agriculture, Mining and Mechanic Arts College.
Hon. Max Brooks.
It is an Assemblyman from Butte County, a native of Prussia and resides at Oroville. He is 42 years of age, married, and by occupation a farmer and miller. He is a Republican, and has lived in the county he represents for the past 22 years, and has been largely identified with its interests and prosperity. He came from New York to California in 1854. Mr. Brooks is a medium-sized gentleman, with a smooth face and an intelligent expression, his business qualifications rendering him a valuable member and representative. He left his native land in 1850. This is his first session as a legislator. He is a member of the Committees on Agriculture, Internal Improvements, and Engrossment.
Hon. James V. Coffee.
[San Francisco County]
Is a member of the Assembly, representing the Ninth District, a San Francisco. He is a native of New York City, and came to California in 1862. He is about 31 years of age; unmarried; a practicing lawyer of San Francisco, and one of the editors of the Daily Examiner. Politically, he is a Democrat, and is a very able and promising young man. He is slightly built; small stature; has sandy, curly hair, and a smooth, priestly-looking face. This is his second term as an Assemblyman. At the last session of the Legislature he was honored as Chairman of the San Francisco Delegation, and distinguished himself by his industry and ability, and has again been chosen to the same position at the present session. He is regarded as one of the most efficient members of the Legislature. He is a member of the Committees on Judiciary, and Public Printing.
Hon. James E. Connolly.
[San Francisco County]
Is a member of the Assembly, representing the Eleventh District of San Francisco; about 35 years of age; and by occupation a caulker. He is a native of Ireland, and came to New York in 1852, where he learned his profession. In 1859 he came to California. He is a married man, and a Democrat, and has served as a member of the County Central Committee of San Francisco. He has also held the position of President of the Caulker's Association for several years, and is an Exempt Firemen. For the past two years he has filled the responsible position of Deputy Superintendent of Streets, in San Francisco. Mr. Connolly is a little below the medium stature; substantially built, is slightly gray. He is always at his post, and makes a steady wheel-horse in the Legislative team. This is his first experience in a legislative capacity. He is a member of the Committees on Public Buildings, and Public Printing.
Hon. M. C. Conroy.
[San Francisco County]
Is a member of the Assembly, representing the Ninth District of San Francisco. He is a native of New York, a married man, about 46 years old, a Republican in politics, and a capitalist by profession. He came to California in 1853, and has since built up for himself a reputation for shrewdness and executive ability in the conducting of political campaigns not surpassed by any individual in the State. He credibly filled the responsible position of Assistant Secretary of the Republican State Central Committee during the Lincoln campaign in 1864. Also during the campaign in 1871, when Booth was elected Governor. He was re-elected to the same position in the campaign of 1872, which re-elected President Grant to his second term. Although, nominally the Assistant Secretary of the Committee during this campaign, he was the manager in fact. The following campaign, in 1874, was a triangular one, and Mr. Conroy became a member of the Independent party, and was again chosen to filled the position in which he had previously so well distinguished himself. In 1874 he was appointed by Governor Booth one of the Yosemite Commissioners, provided by law to settle claims of settlers in Yosemite Valley. He has also been connected with the San Francisco Postoffice for nearly three years, during which he has passed the entire routine of the office. His experience in legislative matters has been considerable, he having been connected with the office of sergeant-at-arms of the Assembly, and other responsible positions, and is therefore, well posted in legislative routine. This is his first session as a member of the Legislature, and is an efficient one, being diligent, energetic and courteous in all his duties. He is a member of the Committees on Fish and Game, Mileage, Public Printing, and the Special Committee of Five on the Labor Question.
Hon. Charles H. Cooley.
[Sonoma, Mendocino & Yolo Cos.]
Is an Assemblyman from Sonoma County, about 56 years of age, married, and resides at Cloverdale, where he is engaged in farming and fruit raising. Politically, he is an Independent Republican, and is now serving his first session as a legislator. He is a native of Ohio, and graduated at the Kenyon Episcopal College of that State, after which he studied medicine two years. Mr. Cooley came to California in 1850, and has served one term in the Board of Supervisors of Yolo County, and one term as Justice of the Peace in Mendocino County. He has been a continuous resident of Sonoma County since 1867. Mr. Cooley is an intelligent and courteous gentleman, and makes a good, solid member of the Assembly. He is a member of the Committees on Agriculture, Roads and Highways.
Hon. John T. Dare.
Represents Solano County in the Assembly, and resides at Vallejo, where he follows his profession as a book-keeper and accountant, is 34 years of age, married, and a Democrat. He is a native of New York, and came to California in 1860. This is his first session in the Legislature of California. He was a member of the Arizona Legislature in 1867, and is now a Trustee of the City of Vallejo. He has served as a member of the Democratic County Central Committee of his county for six years, and is a member of the State Convention which nominated Governor Irwin. Mr. Dare is one of the promising young man of the Legislature, with moderate ambition, good sense and a gentlemanly appearance, aided by a military mustache, and withal a genial disposition. We judge that Mr. Dare will be heard from again in the future deliberations of the State. He is Chairman of the Committee on Fish and Game, and member of the Committee on Commerce and Navigation, Engrossment, and Military Affairs.
Hon. William M. DeWitt.
[Yolo, Tehama & Santa Cruz Cos.]
Is a member of the Assembly from Yolo County, and resides at Woodland, where he is a practicing attorney. He is about 37 years of age, married, a Democrat, and is a native of Kentucky, and came to California from Illinois in 1859, by "bull team". Shortly after his arrival he went to Red Bluff, and taught in the public school two terms. In 1862 he caught the prospecting fever, and joined a company to East Oregon, and there became one of the first discovers of gold on the John Day River, near where the present site of Kansas City is located. In 1863 he followed up the mining excitement of the day and landed in Austin, Reese River, where he followed prospecting for nearly a year, and, returning to this State, became a resident of Woodland, where he was engaged in reading law until 1866. He removed thence to Santa Cruz, where, as a member of the firm of Hagan & DeWitt, he practiced his profession about five years. In 1872 he returned to Woodland, and became a member of the existing law firm of Lambert & DeWitt. This is his first experience as a legislator. Mr. DeWitt is rather tall, somewhat inclined to stoop, and of a nervous temperament, a man of intellect and good sense, with a praiseworthy ambition, which will yet bring him more than prominently before the people. He frequently takes part in the discussions of the Assembly, and is a diligent worker; but at billiards he generally strikes the second ball first. He is a member of the Committees on Judiciary, and Swamp in Overflowed lands.
Hon. John W. Dinniene.
[San Francisco County]
Is a member of the Assembly from the Thirteenth District, San Francisco, a native of Boston, Massachusetts, 29 years of age, married, a glass engraver by trade, and a Democrat politically. He left his native State for California in 1863. This is his first session in a legislature, and he was the only Democrat elected on his ticket. Mr. John Dinniene is rather tall, and walks as straight as a corporal. He has an intellectual face, is unassuming and affable, diligent and prompt in his duties, and makes an average representative. He is seldom heard from in debate. He is a member of the Committees on Engrossment, and Military Affairs.
Hon. W. M. Dixon.
[Alameda & Santa Clara Cos.]
Is a member of the Assembly from Alameda County, where he has resided since 1865. He resided near Harrisburg, is about 48 years of age, a married man, a farmer, a pioneer of California, and a Democrat. He is a native of Virginia, and crossed the plains to California, in 1849, settling for a short time at "Hang Town;" thence to Santa Clara County. In 1851 he joined the Feather River excitement, and mined a few months at Bidwell's Bar, returning again to Santa Clara County where he engaged in stock-raising for a couple of years. The county line of Alameda and Santa Clara Cos. run through Mr. Dixon' s ranch, and he has resided on one side of the line, or the other, for the past 28 years; but on the Alameda side continuously for the past 12 years, during which he has followed his favorite business of farming. He has served his county two terms as member of the Board of Supervisors, and was a member of the Assembly at the last session of the Legislature, receiving his nomination from the Democratic party, and an endorsement by the Independent party. His careful and consistent course during that session insured his returned to the present Assembly, he being the only man elected on his ticket. Mr. Dixon makes more than an average member, is conscientious in all his business pursuits, whether public or private, and in matters of legislation adheres strictly to an economical administration. He deserves well the confidence of the whole people. He is Chairman of the Committee on Attaches and Employees, and a member of the Committees on Commerce and Navigation, Corporations, and Chairman of Committee on Public Buildings.
Hon. Caleb Dorsey.
Is a representative in the Assembly of Stanislaus County, and resides at Oakdale. He is a native of Maryland, 43 years old, single, and came to California from Missouri in 1865. He is a confirmed Democrat, and a farmer by occupation. Mr. Dorsey served on the Confederate army, with the rank of Colonel, during the rebellion. Since becoming a resident of his present County he has been one of the Supervisors for three years. He has also been President of the Bank of Modesto, and President of the San Joaquin Agricultural Society, and is now one of the Directors of the State Insane Asylum at Stockton. This is Mr. Dorsey's first trial as a legislator. He is a tall, good-looking bachelor, courteous and gentlemanly in his deportment, and is liberally endowed with that most necessary element of success--go-ahead. Mr. Dorsey is Chairman of the Committee on Military Affairs.
Hon. Thomas Dunlap.
Is a member of the Assembly from Amador County, 45 years of age, married, politically a Democrat, and has been a resident of Sutter Creek, his present home, since 1854. For twelve years Mr. Dunlap followed the humble avocation of the blacksmith, and was noted for his honesty and uprightness. By diligence and economy, he is now enable to lay aside his hammers and anvil for the profession of a druggist. Mr. Dunlap is a native of Ohio, whence he came to California in 1854. It is his second session in the Assembly, and he has previously served his constituents in the capacity of Township Assessor and Collector for six years. Mr. Dunlap is of an average size, with dark complexion, and is quite unassuming, yet diligent in the interests of his people, whose confidence he enjoys. He is not one of the speaking members. He is a chairman of Committee on Internal Improvements, and a member of the Committee on Mines and Mining.
Hon. Asa Ellis.
[Los Angeles County]
Is an Assemblyman, representing Los Angeles County, and is a native of St. Louis, Missouri. He came to California in 1853; is about 60 years old; married; has a very interesting family; is a farmer by occupation, and a staunch Democrat. This is his third session in the Assembly, an evidence in the itself of his sterling worth, and the confidence reposed in him by his constituents. His oldest son, Frank, aged 19, is one of the Assistant Enrolling Clerks of the Assembly, and his son Charlie, aged 13, is a Page of the Senate. In his native State, Mr. Ellis served his county as Sheriff for years. He was also one of the Regents of the Stat ae University of Missouri for six years. In Los Angeles County he has served to one term as member of the Board of Supervisors. Mr. Ellis is large and portly, with a smooth faced and a genial disposition, and a voice as musical as the rippling of the silvery brook. In the discharge of his official duties, he is dignified and respectful, and could readily pass for a preacher; but the nearest he ever approached that profession was to serve on the Committee on Public Morals. Divested of his official toggery, he is the essence of wit and dry humor, and a social companion, and a gentleman in the full acceptation of the term. He never bores the Assembly with long speeches, but is industrious and punctual, and one of the reliable men of the session. At home he is alike respected by Democrats and Republicans, as, in matters of general interest to his constituents, he knows no party or clique, but claims to be a representative of the whole people. He resides in Savannah, Los Angeles County.
Hon. Andrew Ewing.
[Mariposa, Merced, Tuolumne & Stanislaus Cos.]
Is the joint representative in the Assembly, of the Counties of Mariposa and Merced. He is a native of Virginia, and came to California in 1853; is a married man; 58 years of age; a Democrat; and mined in Tuolumne County from 1854 to 1862; but now follows farming at Cottonwood, in Merced County, and is a member of the Grange. His Postoffice address is the Hill's Ferry, Stanislaus County. This is Mr. Ewing's first experience as a legislator; a man of good sense and judgment, and is always found on the people's side. He is a large and portly gentleman, without whiskers or mustache; a kind to disposition entirely free from arrogance, or false pride, and therefore much respected among the members. He is a chairman of Committee on Irrigation, and a member of the Committee on Attaches and Employees, and Swamp and Overflowed Lands.
Hon. J. E. Farnum.
Represents Alameda County in the Assembly, and resides in Oakland, where he is a practicing attorney. He has lived 29 years, and is yet single; a native of Maine, and came to California from Washington City, in 1871. He is a Republican, and is the President of the Young Men's Republican Club of Oakland. This is Mr. Farnum's first experience in the Legislature. He is tall and comely, and seems to take hold as though he had filled a similar position before; is watchful over the interests of his constituents, and will make a good record for himself. Mr. Farnum is a young man of ability, and frequently takes part in discussions of the House; and if we do not miss our guess, this will not be his last session as a legislator. He is a member of the Committees on Public Printing and Enrollment.
Hon. William K. Forsyth.
[San Francisco County]
Is a member of the Assembly, representing the Twelfth District, San Francisco; about 58 years of age; married; a Republican in politics, and a boot and shoe maker by profession and practice. He is a native of Ireland, and emigrated to Canada in 1840, thence to California in 1859, where he has since continuously resided, beating out for himself, with hammer and lapstone, a reputation of honesty and integrity, of industry and ability, among his associates and acquaintances. Mr. Forsyth is about the middle stature, fair complexion, with side-whiskers, which give him the appearance of an "English gentleman." He is a man of intelligence, quick conception and good judgment, and will always be found on the side of right and justice. This is his first session in the Legislature, but we opine it will not be his "last." Mr. Forsyth is a member of the Committees on Internal Improvements, and Public Buildings.
Hon. Michael Garver.
Is and Assemblyman, representing Nevada County, and is a resident of Nevada City; by profession a machinist; 52 years of age, and unmarried. He is a Democrat, a native of Ohio, and came from Indiana to California in 1852, and, with the exception of two years, has resided continuously in the County he now represents. Mr. Garver is a large, portly man, has an honest face and a jovial one, a good heart and a wise head, and is much esteemed by his fellow-members, and is frugal and economical in the expenditure of public funds. He is a member of the Committees on Incorporations, Ways and Means, and Claims--three very important Committees.
Hon. Geo. W. Giffen.
Represents Nevada County in the Assembly. He is a native of Illinois, about 46 years of age, married, and boasts of numerous family of sons and daughters. He resides at Truckee, where he follows merchandising. He is a Democrat to the backbone, and, withal, a gentleman in every sense of the word. He came to California in 1850, and is now representing his county in the Assembly for the third time. He was never known to waste the time of the Assembly by "Hifalutin" speeches, which is noted for his honesty, reliability and industry, being a hard worker in Committees. He enjoys the confidence of his constituents, and the esteem of his associate members. He is a member of the Committees on Elections, and Mileage. There are very few men who so entirely devote their attention to whatever they take in hand as the subject of this notice. In his business relations he is known as a square, honorable man, and that the same obtains as to his political record, his election, time after time, to the Legislature of his State, is ample proof. Mr. Giffen is one of those wiry-looking Western men, who never seem to grow old, and who, in middle-age, retain the vigor of their youth.
Hon. Charles Gildea.
[San Francisco & El Dorado Cos.]
Represents San Francisco in the Assembly. He is a native of Ireland, and came to California from the State of Missouri in 1857. He is a plasterer by profession, about 40 years of age and unmarried. Mr. Gildea makes a good legislator, having the experience of two previous sessions as Assemblyman from the County of El Dorado. He is a Democrat, and is chairman of the Committee on Federal Relations, and a member of the Committee on Ways and Means, and Rules and Regulations. He is a candidate for Speaker of the present Assembly, and lacked but one vote of being elected. He is one of the speaking members, and an adept in parliamentary rules.
Hon. Charles R. Gough.
[San Francisco County]
Is a member of the Assembly from the Ninth District of San Francisco, where he arrived from Baltimore in 1849. He is a native of Maryland, about 48 years of age, and a contractor by profession. We are somewhat surprised to find that, notwithstanding his habitual contracting propensities, he has thus far failed to make a life contract with any of the fair sex. He is a bachelor, not one of your narrow-souled, crusty, fidgety, pluckered up specimens, but a jovial, genial gentleman, with the big soul and well proportioned body of no small dimensions, and withal, he is the acknowledged embodiment and representative of the "Public Morals" of the State. What lady is there who would not be proud of such a husband? This is Mr. Gough's first experience as a member of the Legislature., but he has filled of many honorable positions previously in this City and County of San Francisco. In 1854 he was elected Alderman of the that city. In 1855 he became a member of the Board of Supervisors of the county, and in 1856-7 he held the responsible position of Chairman of the the Land Commission, charged with the onerous duties of laying out the Western Addition of the city, and so wonderful a memory has he, that to-day he can tell almost every grade and curve of that locality. Mr. Gough is a pioneer of California, a Democrat, and an influential citizen and legislator, bold fearless in the advocacy of any measure he adopts, and we predict for him at the close of the session, the merited approval of his constituents. He is a member of the Committees on Fish and Game, Public Morals and Public Printing.
Hon. A. J. Griffith.
[San Francisco County]
Is a representative of the Ninth District, San Francisco, where he has continuously resided for the past 17 years. He is 51 years of age; married; politically a Democrat, and a merchant by profession; was born in Maryland, and came to California in 1853. This is Mr. Griffith's first experience as a legislator. He is a good businessman, and therefore makes a useful, practical member of the Assembly. As an acknowledgement of his business experience and capacity he was placed upon the Committees on Commerce and Navigation; he is also member of the Committees on Elections, Fish and Game and State Prison.
Hon. Richard Carroll Haile
[Solano & Napa Cos.]
He is a member of the Assembly, representing Solano County, and lives about seven miles from Suisun City. He is a farmer by occupation, a Democrat in politics. A native of Tennessee; married; 62 years old, and came to California from Missouri in 1849, and was, therefore, one of the pioneers of this State. Prior to 1858, Mr. Haile was a resident of Napa County, and was one of its prominent citizens. He represented that county in the Assembly of the session of 1856. Was also on the Board of Supervisors for several years, and always took a warm interest in the public schools of the county, most of the time serving as a School Trustee. For nineteen years past, Mr. Haile has been a continuous resident of Solano County, and has always taken a lively interest in its affairs. Has been a School Trustee almost continuously since he became a resident, acting most of the time as Clerk of the Board. He has also been the Chairman of the Democratic County Central Committee for many years; also a member of the State Central Committee, of the Congressional District Convention. Mr. Haile is one of the most active members of the session, and is a whole team of himself. He is chairman of the Committee on Education, and member of the Committees on Agriculture, Corporations, Retrenchment, and Swamp and Overflowed Lands.
Hon. William Hanna.
[Santa Clara County]
It is one of the members of the Assembly who represents Santa Clara County. He resides in Gilroy; he is a widower; about 65 years of age, and has raised a family of sons and daughters, who also resided in Gilroy. He is a native of Indiana; became a resident of Illinois, whence he came to California in 1860. He is engaged in the lumber business, and is the inventor of a valuable improvement in steam engines, whereby the pressure can be safely increased to 400 pounds to the square inch, and has received his patent therefor. He has served the City of Gilroy for some years as its Councilman and Mayor. He is a firm, consistent Democrat, upper right and is conscientious in all his dealings. This is his first experience as a legislator. He is a member of the Committees on Counties and County Boundaries, Public Lands, and Agriculture, Mining and Mechanics Arts College.
Hon. Thomas Jacob Hart.
[Colusa & Tehama Cos.]
Represents the joint Counties of Colusa and Tehama, and resides in the town Colusa, where he follows the profession of an attorney. He is a native of Indiana; 34 years of age; married; a Democrat, and came to California in 1854. He was a member of the last Assembly, and by his upright consistent course during the session, he won for himself the esteem and confidence of his constituents, and they again sent him, with an overwhelming majority. Mr. Hart is not a large man, but what there is of him can always be found at his post, and he never permits the grass to grow under his feet. Gentlemanly and courteous, intellectual and industrious, with a keen eye and moderate ambition, we regard him as one of the rising young man of the State. He is chairman of the Committee on Swamp and Overflowed Lands, and a member of the Judiciary Committee. He is one of the forcible speakers of the Assembly.
Hon. James Haworth.
[San Francisco & Sacramento Cos.]
Is a member of the Assembly, representing the Eleventh District of San Francisco; was born in England, and is 53 years of age. When about two years of age his parents emigrated to America. In 1849 he came from New Jersey to California on the steamer Panama on her first voyage. He resided in Sacramento City some years, and in 1854 was elected a member of the Common Council. He was formally connected with the old renowned California Stage Company, whose routes completely netted the Pacific Coast, and was honored as its second President; and while filling the duties of that responsible position he was greatly esteemed wherever he was known. Mr. Haworth is a married man, and a tinsmith by trade; a Democrat, politically, and a pioneer of California. He is about the average size, and has a ruddy, pleasing countenance; gray hair and whiskers, and looks every whit a gentleman. His business experience, and long years of connection with the interests and growth of the State, makes him a most efficient member of the Legislature. This is his first experience as a legislator. He is chairman of the Committee on Navigation and Commerce, and a member of the Committee on Corporations.
[San Francisco County]
Is a representative in the Assembly of the Eleventh District, San Francisco, and is the only native Californian in the Legislature, having been born in this State, of our Irish parents. He is a Democrat; 25 years of age; unmarried, and by profession a clerk and accountant. He has filled the position of Deputy County Recorder, in San Francisco, for two and a half years. Since the demise of Assemblyman Upton, he is the youngest member of the Legislature. This is his first legislative experience. He is a young man of intelligence; and by industrious and application, will make his mark in the future. He is chairman of the Committee on Mileage, and a member of the Committee on Education.
Hon. E. C. Hinshaw.
Is a member of the Assembly, representing Sonoma County, and resides at Bloomfield, where he follows the business of farming. He is a native of North Carolina; a Democrat; married; about 47 years of age, and came to California in 1857. Mr. Hinshaw has been a member of the Assembly at two previous sessions, and he made a record there that inspired his constituents with confidence and esteem, an evidence of which is found in his return to the present Assembly. Mr. Hinshaw is a farmer, and the farmers' friend, and always takes a deep interest in matters affecting their prosperity. He is also an advocate for economy in the public administration. Mr. Hinshaw is Chairman of the Committee on Public Expenditures, and a member of the Committees on Attaches and Employees, Claims, and Culture of the Grape Vine.
Hon. J. B. Holloway.
[Los Angeles & Lake Cos.]
Is an Assemblyman from Los Angeles County, and resides at Downey. He is a native of Tennessee; 49 years of age; married, and came to California in 1850. He is a practicing attorney and a Democrat; was formerly a resident of Lake County, where he served one term as Justice of the Peace, and, as County Judge, eight years. This is Mr. Holloway's first session as a legislator. He is a large and portly gentleman, with sandy complexion, and is intellectual and courteous, without ostentation or assumption, and always acts accordingly to his own judgment on the side of Justice and right. He has been living in his present county since 1871. He is member of the Committees on Elections, Irrigation, and Judiciary.
Hon. Benjamin P. Hugg.
Is an Assemblyman, representing the County of Yuba, is 51 years of age, resides in Camptonville, is engaged in hydraulic mining, and is unmarried. He is a Democrat; a native of Delaware; and came to California in 1849, in time to become a member of the Pioneers of California, and has resided in his present county nearly ever since. He is a house carpenter by trade, and has followed that and mining almost exclusively since coming to the State. Mr. Hugg is an old legislator, having represented his county in the Assembly of 1860, and was one who voted to build the present State Capitol. He again represented Yuba County in the Assembly, in the session of 1867-8. Mr. Hugg is not a large man, but as honest and conscientious as the biggest, and he enjoys the confidence of his constituents, as evidenced by his being returned as their representative. It is a mystery to us how Mr. Hugg has remained a bachelor so many years without changing his name. He is a member of the Committees on Mines and Mining, and Roads and Highways.
Hon. Grove Lawrence Johnson.
Is an Assemblyman representing in part the County of Sacramento, and is a practicing attorney in Sacramento City. Mr. Johnson was born March 27th, 1841, Syracuse, Onandago County, New York, and was married at the same place on January 10th, 1861, in his twentieth year. He came to California and 1863, and has been a continuous resident of his county since 1865. He has five children, three of whom were born in Sacramento. Mr. Johnson, by his indomitable energy and ability has raised himself to prominence in his adopted home, and has fueled various positions of honor and trust. For eight years he served as Swamp Land Clerk of the Board of Supervisors of his county, gaining an experience and knowledge of the swamp land system, which constitutes him as an expert in that branch of his profession. He is now serving his sixth year as Secretary of the Exempt Firemen's Association, of Sacramento, having been elected four terms without opposition. He is also the Great Sachem of the Improved Order of Red Men for California. Mr. Johnson is an ardent Republican, and, as such, was elected in 1877 to the present Assembly, receiving 200 more votes that any other legislative candidate in the field. Since assuming his representative duties, he has become the most conspicuous member of the Assembly, having earned for himself the appellation of "champion of the rights of working man," in a scholarly and elaborate speech, deliberate before the Assembly in opposition to the passage of what is known as the "Gag Law." The Sacramento Bee, in a brief notice of the event, remarks: "Grove L. Johnson' s speech in the Assembly yesterday, on the San Francisco bill amending the Penal Code was, a doubtless, the most eloquent ever heard in that chamber. It was wholly impromptu and was delivered with the impassioned eloquence of a Patrick Henry. It was no wonder that the audience, who were not bound down by the rules of the House, applauded so heartily that the Speaker' s hammer failed to be heard. Whatever may be said of the logic or the law, or the policy of that speech--and there are two sides to this question--no one that heard him can deny that Johnson did himself credit thereby. Even those who took the other side of the issue admitted that no man on the floor, save Johnson, was capable of making so fine and effective an argument under the inspiration of the moment." Mr. Johnson is about the medium height, slight frame, fair complexion, always wears an exquisite nosegay in his coat, and has an indomitable perseverance and energy, calculated to carry him to the very pinnacle of his towering ambition. He is a fluent, pleasing and argumentative speaker, sprightly and active as a deer, quick to conceive, and ready in debate; and during the pendency of any measure which interest him, his tact and ability in legislative engineering appeared to be the best advantage, and he seldom fails to carry his point. Mr. Johnson's popularity it in his own county is fast increasing, and the inevitable destiny of its spreading to the very confines of the State wherever the oppressed and downtrodden sons of toil and honest labor shall have learned of his noble defense of their rights as free, American citizens. He is fast climbing the latter of preferment, and, if we are good guessers, he will yet become one of the most prominent citizens of the State. He is a member of the Committee on Judiciary, Public Expenditures and Accounts, State Capitol Library, and Select Committee on the proposed Sacramento Canal.
Hon. Reuben Kercheval.
Is and Assemblyman representing the County of Sacramento. He is 57 years of age; married; and follows the business of farming and fruit raising, at the head of Grand Island, near Courtland. He is a native of Ohio; a Republican, politically; a Granger, and a Pioneer of California, having arrived in Sacramento, from Illinois, in 1850. He has since continuously resided in the county he now represents for the second time, and by his integrity and unswerving economy in all measures affecting the interests of his constituents, he has gained their confidence and esteem. He never attempts a "spread-eagle" attitude, but generally says what he thinks, in a plain, it easy-to-be-understood manner; and his statements are excepted as reliable, and coming from a person who knows whereof he speaks. When a doubtful proposition comes up for the extraction of money from the public Treasury, he always says "No" with an emphasis. He is a member of the Committees on Attaches and Employees, Fish and Game, Swamp and Overflowed Lands, Ways and Means, and the Special Committee to investigate the matter of Mining Debris.
Hon. L. F. Long.
Is an Assemblyman representing Mendocino County; about 47 years of age; married, and resides at Hopland, where he is engaged in farming, hop-raising and curing. He is a native of New Hampshire; a Democrat, and came to California in 1853, from his native State. In 1854 he went to Tuolumne County, and engaged in mining for a short time; thence to San Francisco, where he was in the Commission business for about two years. He afterwards spent a year in Nevada County, prospecting, and finally settled in his present county in 1858. This is his first legislative experience. Mr. Long is a Granger, and one of the largest hop-raisers in the State; has two kilns, one which cost him over $6000, and he cures from forty to sixty thousand pounds a year. Mr. Long has served his county two terms as a member of the Board of Supervisors, and enjoyed the respect of all who know him. He is a pleasant gentlemen; has the social and kind disposition; is industrious, punctual in business, and will not neglect interest in his constituents. He is a member of the Committees on Enrollment, and Public Buildings.
Hon. Robert Ludgate.
Is an Assemblyman representing Amador County; was born in Ieland; left his native land in 1848, and settled in Louisiana. In 1850 he left to California, via the Isthmus, and has continuously resided in Ione Valley since 1851. He is a farmer by profession, but is now in the livery stable business in Ione City. He is a married man, 44 years of age, a Democrat, and has been Deputy Assessor of his county for ten years. He has also been a Notary Public for six years, and has recently been reappointed. Mr. Ludgate is well informed as to the duties and requirements of a legislator, and as far as his poor health will permit, is industrious and prompt in the discharge of his duties. His constituents will have no cause to regret sending him. This is his first session in the Legislature. He is a member of Committees on Public Buildings and Roads and Highways.
Hon. W. B. May.
[San Francisco County]
Represents the Tenth District, San Francisco, in the Assembly. He is a native of Massachusetts, and came to California in 1850. He afterwards returned East, and became a resident of Michigan, which State he left for California in 1856. He is a married man, 52 years of age, and was educated for a physician, but has never practiced his profession. Politically he is a Republican. Mr. May is one of the partners of Snow & May, the extensive dealers in works of art, pictures, etc., San Francisco. He is one of the finest looking men in the Assembly, stoutly built and portly; an intellectual face and head, adorned with a bushy pair of side whiskers, which add dignity to his otherwise gentlemanly appearance. He occasionally takes a part in the discussion of questions in the Assembly, and makes a very substantial member. He has resided in San Francisco since 1860, and this is his first session as a legislator. He is a member of the Committee on Public Lands, State Prison, and State Library. Our experience as to the qualifications of Dr. May, as a law maker, leads us to state that he aims to do right to his constituents and the State at large. As a matter of course, the large numbers, comprising the San Francisco delegation in the lower House, has a tendency to control the votes of members, but we can with truth assert that the subject of these remarks has helped a straight-forward, honorable course.
Hon. James E. Murphy
[Del Norte County]
Is a member of the Assembly from the County of Del Norte, and resides in Crescent City, where he practices his profession as an attorney. He is a married man, 31 years of age, a Democrat to the very core, a native of the State of Maine, and he came to California from Minnesota in 1850. Mr. Murphy has been elected District Attorney of his county three times, and is now serving his fourth session in Assembly. It is commonly remarked that "Jim" holds that corner of the State between his thumb and finger, and can manipulate it to his own advantage. Mr. Murphy is one of the leading Democrats, and, without exception the best parliamentarian of the Assembly. He is a forcible speaker, and his opposition to any measure is generally feared. Mr. Murphy is a very tall, and proportionally robust man, with a florid complexion, is intelligent and gentlemanly, rather jovial in disposition, and ambitious as Caesar, and has his weather eye fixed on Congress. He is a member of the Committees on Judiciary and Federal Relations.
Hon. J. M. Mayfield.
A member of the Assembly of representing Napa County, is a native of Alabama, and resides near Rutherford. He is married, 44 years of age, a practical farmer, and a Democrat. He came to California from Tuscolusa in 1859, and has resided in Napa County since. This is Mr. Mayfield's first session as a legislator. He has served his county as Assessor, and would have done honor to his constituents and himself as representative, had he not been struck down by sickness early in the session. He is noted for his care, consistency and economy in matters of public interest, believing his obligations as a public servant just as binding as with individuals. Mr. Mayfield was appointed Chairman of Committee on Culture of Grapes Vines, and a member of Committees on Agriculture and State Hospitals.
Hon. Richard A. McClure.
Is an Assemblyman from Alameda County, and resides at Mission San Jose. He is a native of Pennsylvania, about 49 years of age; married; a Republican, and he came to California in 1853 across the plains, with a band of sheep, and has since been engaged in merchandising and sheep raising. Served four years as Treasurer and Tax Collector of Alameda County. This is his first experience as a legislator. Mr. McClure makes a good substantial member, not much of a speech maker, but is a worker, and will too good service for his constituents. He is a member of the Committees on Agriculture, Mining and Mechanics, Arts, College, Culture of the Grapevine and Public Expenditures.
Hon. Rush McComas.
[Santa Clara County]
This gentleman represents Santa Clara County, in part, and resides at the town of Santa Clara. He is a farmer, well known to all in the beautiful county in which he lives. In politics Mr. McComas is a staunch Republican. He is a native of the State of Virginia; a married man, and 47 years of age. He was engaged in mercantile pursuits from 1850 to 1861, since which time he has settled down, a well-to-to farmer. Mr. McComas and makes no professions as a debater, but he is always in his seat, and at hand at committee meetings. In person Mr. McComas is tall stalwart looking. He is gray hair adds dignity to his quiet demeanor, and by all his brother members is held in the highest esteem for his legislative probity. He is a member of the Committee on Agriculture, on Claims, and several others equal importance.
Hon. Samuel Myers.
[San Joaquin County]
Is a representative of the County of San Joaquin in the Assembly. He is a native of Pennsylvania; of German extraction, as his name indicates; moved to Ohio, whence he came to California in 1849. He has continuously resided in California since 1850, and has been its representative in the State Senate one session, and is now serving his fourth session in the Assembly. His Post office address is Stockton, but he resides in the southern portion of the county, distant 14 miles from said city; is about 60 years of age; married, and a well-to-to farmer; a Republican in politics; a pioneer of California, and a prominent Granger. He makes a solid member, and never allows a measure to slip through his fingers unnoticed. He is a rigid economist, and never fails to vote "no" when an unnecessary expenditure of the public money is proposed. For this reason, a position on the committee having the supervision of the appointment of extra attaches is always accorded him, as being the "right man in the right place." He is a member of the Committees on Attaches and Employees, Corporations, Irrigation, and the Special Committees appointed on Constitutional Convention, and to Investigate the Labor Question.
Hon. R. P. Mace.
The heavy weight of the Assembly, represents Fresno County. He is a hotel-keeper at Madeira, and is the best representative of a true Boniface we have seen for years. He weighs well on to three hundred pounds, and does not seem to carry an ounce of superfluous flesh; he owns to 57 years, but does not look more than 45. Mr. Mace served in the Legislature of 1865-6, and in 1867-8. No one, to look at him now, would suppose he had ever been a military man; but he did command a company in the Mexican war, and is said to have done good service; but, as he says, he was not so obese then as now. Mr. Mace is one of your jolly men; a native of Massachusetts, and a staunch Democrat. Mr. Mace is an active member of several Committees; a genial, jolly soul, and a prominent member of the Young Men's Society for the dissemination of the Christian religion, and also of several Temperance organizations. Resides at Madeira. Came from Louisiana to California in 1849. Commanded Company "A," first regiment of volunteers, in Mexican war, with rank of Captain, from beginning to close of war. Raised the company in New Orleans. At close of Mexican war, raised and commanded a company at Yucatan, against the Indians. Resided in Fresno County about 21 years.
Hon. J. H. Miller.
[El Dorado County]
Is a member of the Assembly, representing El Dorado County, and resides at Latrobe; a native of Tennessee; married; about 54 years of age, and is now engaged in stock-raising. He left his native state for California, in 1850; is a sound Democrat, and represented his county in the Assembly in 1869-70. He formerly carried on merchandising in Latrobe for eight years. Mr. Miller is about the average size; his face shaven, and bearing the impress of honesty and intelligence; he is no man's fool, but follows the dictations of his own conscience, and he is never found voting to squander the people's money. He is chairman of the Committee on State Prison, a member of the Committee on Counties and County Boundaries.
Hon. S. P. Moffatt.
[Inyo & Mono Cos.]
Is a member of the Assembly, representing the Counties of Inyo and Mono, and resides at Independence, Inyo County; is a native of New York, and came to California in 1852. Resided sometime in El Dorado County, served as a Corner one term, and as Justice of the Peace one term; has been a continuous resident of Inyo Counties since 1865, and was its Clerk for five years. Mr. Moffatt is what we should term a confirmed bachelor, being 54 years of age, a lawyer by profession, and a Democrat, a man of ability and good sense, will serve his constituents faithfully. He is a member of the Committees on Judiciary, State Prison, Federal Relations, and Mines and Mining.
Hon. Joseph C. Montague, M.D.
[Shasta El Dorado & Trinity Cos.]
Is the representative of Shasta and Trinity Counties in the Assembly, and resides at Weaverville, where he follows his profession as physician. He is married, about 57 years of age, a Democrat, native of North Carolina, and came to California in July, 1850. It 1851 he prospected in the Counties of Nevada, El Dorado and Plumas, and then settled in El Dorado County, in the practice of his profession, until 1854, when he became a resident of Weaverville for two years; thence to Kelsey, where he remained until 1860, when he returned to his present home, and has since been a continuous resident thereof. Dr. Montague was a volunteer in the Mexican war during 1846-7-8, and served as temporary Assisted Surgeon in the army. He has been Physician in the County Hospital of his county since 1870. He is much respected at home, and makes his friends wherever his lot is cast. As a legislator he is industrious, honest and gentlemanly, and will not betray the trust reposed in him. He is chairman of the Committee on State Hospitals, and member of the Committee on Counties and County Boundaries. This is his first session in a Legislature.
Hon. R. M. Murphy, M.D.
[San Francisco County]
Represents the Tenth District, San Francisco; is a native of West Virginia, and came to California in 1849, from Illinois. He is a Republican, a practicing physician and surgeon, residing at 1601 Gough Street, San Francisco; about 55 years of age, and a widower. He graduated at Belleville Medical College, New York; was formerly a resident of Solano County, where he was Postmaster of Sylveyville two years. He is now a member of the California State Medical Society. This is his first experience as a legislator. The Doctor is not an office-seeker by any means, but when he accepts the trust, he faithfully discharges its obligations. He is a large, respectable-looking gentleman, kind and courteous in his manner, and the honor and dignity of the Assembly are enhanced by such associates. He is a member of the Committee on Agriculture, Mining and Mechanic Arts College, Rules and Regulations, and State Hospitals.
Hon. S. A. Nott.
[El Dorado, Napa & Alpine Cos.]
Represents the joint Counties of Alpine and El Dorado in the Assembly, and resides at Napa Valley, where he has a fine diary, and grazes a large amount of stock during the summer months. He is well known, and respected by the people of his own State, and, also, by the people of the State of Nevada. Mr. Nott is a native of Ohio, 39 years of age. He came to California in 1864, from Wilmington, Illinois. He is a Democrat in politics, but of the mild and conservative type. He is a fearless, upright man, and pays much attention to legislative affairs. He has made a good record, and his constituents will do well to re-elect him, if he sees fit to again become a candidate. Mr. Nott is chairman of the Committee on Ways and Means, a very high complement paid to his abilities; he is also member of Committees on Corporations, Public Lands, Public Expenditures, and on Fish and Wild Game. This is Mr. Nott's second term in the Legislature of the State of California.
Hon. Gilbert N. Neally.
Is a member of the Assembly from Butte County, and resides at Inskip, where he is engaged in the lumber business, he is a consistent Democrat; a native of Maine, and about 38 years of age, although much younger looking. He was unmarried when he first took his seat in the Assembly, but during the holidays he " moved to reconsider" his past course, and adopt for his future motto, "In Union is Strength." In conformity therewith, he was married to Miss Mary A. Foye in San Francisco, and a most estimable young lady. Mr. Neally is a good-looking, tallish, light complexioned young gentleman; with a keen eye, pleasant countenance, a jovial disposition, and a commendable degree of ambition. He is a favorite among the members, and will serve his constituents truly and well. He is chairman of the Committee on Elections, and a member of the Committee on Enrollment.
Hon. Daniel A. Ostrom.
Is an Assemblyman from Yuba County, where he has resided since 1852. He is a native of Ohio; married; 41 years of age, a practical farmer. He is a Democrat and a Granger. He came from Wisconsin to California in 1850, and now resides at Reed's Station. This is his second session in the Assembly from Yuba County, he makes a most excellent member, and a faithful representative. Mr. Ostrom has always been a workingman, and is a friend to all true workingmen, but has no sympathy with drones. By his energy, industry and economy he has acquired a well improved farm, and has raised himself to an honorable position, which he fills with the same regard for the public welfare as he does with his own business. Courteous and unassuming, yet of dignified bearing, we predict for him a future of honor and usefulness. He is chairman of the Committee on Claims, and member of Committee on Swamp and Overflowed Lands and Agriculture.
Hon. George Pace.
[Santa Cruz County]
Is a member of the Assembly from Santa Cruz County, and resides at Watsonville, and is a farmer by occupation, and a thorough Democrat politically. He is a married man, about 61 years of age, and a native of Kentucky, whence he moved to Missouri, where he served eight years as County Judge of the Livingstone County. He has resided in California since 1862. Dignified, affable and courteous to all, he is highly esteemed by those who know him. His present position was thrust upon him by his constituents, contrary to his wishes; he is, in this respect, been one of the few instances of the date where the office sought the man. He makes a credible member and studies to enhance the best interests of his constituents, and the State at large. He is chairman of the Committee on Counties and County Boundaries, and a member of the Committee on Public Printing.
Hon. Fred. N. Pauly.
[San Diego & Yuba Cos.]
Represents San Diego County in the Assembly, and resides at the town of San Diego. He is a native of Illinois; married; about 36 years of age; a Republican, came to California in 1852, from Iowa, with his parents, who settled in Yuba County. His father being a merchant, he received the benefits of the business experience, and, when old enough, embarked in general merchandising for himself in the same county until 1869, when he moved to San Diego County, where he continued the same business until recently. He has served his constituents in the Board of Supervisor of this County, gaining their confidence and esteem by his economical course and good business tact. He was afterward elected County Superintendent of Public Schools, which office he resigned in order to become a representative in the Assembly. Mr. Pauly is not a large man, but every inch of him means business. Mr. Pauly is no drone, and never allows the grass to grow on his boot-soles. This is his first session as a legislator. He is a member of the Committees on Education, and Indian Affairs.
Hon. P. C. Robertson.
[Modoc, Yolo & Siskiyou Cos.]
Represents the joint Counties of Modoc and Siskiyou, and resides near Adin, Modoc County, where he follows the business of farming and stock-raising. He is a married man; 38 years old; a Democrat; a native of Illinois, and came to this State in 1853. He was formerly a resident of Woodland, Yolo County, where he carried on the business of farming and lumbering. He was the first Town Assessor of Woodland, and its incorporation. He has resided in Modoc County since 1872. This is his first session as a legislator. Mr. Robertson is a pleasant gentleman, and is always in his seat attending to business. He is a worker, and seldom a talker. He is a member of the Committee on Swamp and Overflowed Lands and Chairman of the Committee on Indian Affairs.
Hon. Joseph Routier.
Is one of the Assemblyman representing Sacramento County, and resides at Routier, where he raises a very fine quality of fruit and grapes; he is a native of France, and to came to California in 1853, residing in Sacramento County ever since. He is married; about 52 years of age, and a staunch Republican. Mr. Routier has twice been elected Justice of the Peace. This is his first experience as a legislator. Mr. Routier is not an office-seeker, and yet not too selfish to serve his constituents when they so require. He has given much study and attention to the culture of grapes and fruit, with marked success. He is a courteous gentleman, and highly esteemed by his acquaintances, and is a useful member of the Assembly. He is on the Committees on Culture of the Grapevine, and State Prison.
Hon. Joseph Russ.
Is the representative in the Assembly of Humboldt County, and resided near Eureka. He is 53 years of age; a married man; a native of Maine, and a Republican; he came to California in 1850, and served in the Assembly during the session of 1871-2. Mr. Russ is of medium stature, squarely built; complexion, dark, and a disposition courteous and respectful, and devoid of arrogance and assumption. He is the most extensive business man of his county, and pays nearly one-fifth of the whole taxes in his county. He is engaged in the business of merchandising, lumber-manufacturing, farming, stock-raising, and dairying, in the latter of which, he milks upwards of 2,000 cows. Mr. Russ is one of the substantial man of the Assembly, not much given to speech-making, but a worker. He is a member of the Committees on County and County Boundaries, Fish and Game, and Indian Affairs.
Hon. R. C. Sargent.
[San Joaquin County]
Is a representative of the Assembly from San Joaquin County. He has also represented his county at two previous sessions of the Legislature. He is a native of New Hampshire, and a former resident of Chicago, which city he came to California in 1849. He is married; about 60 years of age; a farmer and stock reserved by occupation; a Republican politically; a pioneer of California, and a Granger. Mr. Sargent has been a continuous resident of Elk Horn for the past 27 years, and is one of the solid men of the State. He is one of the working members of the Assembly, but is seldom heard from on the floor. He is a member of the Committee on Swamp and Overflowed Lands.
Hon. Caleb Sherman.
[Ventura, Santa Barbara & Sonoma Cos.]
Represents the joint Counties of Ventura and Santa Barbara in the Assembly. He is a native of Vermont; about 47 years of age, and married; thoroughly Democratic; resides at Santa Barbara, where he is engaged as an auctioneer and commission merchant; and first came to California from Iowa, in 1850, across the plains. In 1855 he returned to the East on mining business, via Panama, remaining until the following Spring, when he again came to California and became a resident of Sonoma County from 1856 to 1863, during which time he served as Constable two years, and Justice of the Peace three years. He then moved to Reese River, Nevada, and was a pioneer of Austin and resided in that locality until 1863. While here Mr. Sherman was twice elected Assemblyman to represent Lander County in the then anticipated organization of the State, but never took a seat owing to the rejection of the Constitution then proposed. In 1866 he returned to Iowa, and remained eight years, during which time he served as Justice of the Peace two years, Deputy Sheriff of two years, and Sheriff two years. In 1875 he again returned to California, and settled in his present locality. This is his first experience as a legislator. Mr. Sherman is a sociable gentleman, and he serves well the esteem and confidence of his constituents. He is a member of the Committees on Irrigation, and Public Lands, and frequently takes part in the discussions of the Assembly.
Hon. Edward Smyth.
Is an Assemblyman who represents Tuolumne County, and resides at Sonora; is 49 years of age; was never married; is a Democrat, and is not too proud to acknowledge himself an Irishmen by birth, and a "cobbler" by profession and practice. He left his native land, and came to Charleston, South Carolina, in 1847, where he learned his trade of boot and shoemaker. After a residence there of two and a half years he moved to Louisiana, whence he moved to California in 1858. He has resided in his present locality since 1860, and has served two years as County Recorder. Mr. Smyth is tall, rather slim, has an honest looking face, is slightly gray, and generally says what he means. He is no man's tool, but feels as independent as a "hog on ice." This is Mr. Smyth's first session as a legislator, but he knows when to say "aye" and "no" as well as though he had been a dozen times before. He is devoted to his friends, and his friendship, like wax, sticks to the end--he never relinquishes them or their interest to the last. His honesty and uprightness is proverbial. He is a member of the Committee on Claims, Public Expenditures and Public Lands.
Hon. John F. Swift.
[San Francisco County]
Is one of the representatives of the Thirteenth District, of San Francisco; is a native of Missouri, and came to California in 1852. This is his third session as an Assemblyman. He is a practicing attorney, of wide reputation, and of few superiors in the State of California; he is one of the leading members of the present Assembly, and the main representative of the City of San Francisco, in the important matter of water supply, upon which question Mr. Swift is induced to accept his present position as Assemblyman; he is a man; of the age of 48 years, and politically, and Independent Republican. In the political campaign of 1874, in which the so-called "Dolly Varden" party gained the supremacy, Mr. Swift was one of the most influential men of that party; and to his able services largely belong the credit of its success. A fluent speaker, and able debater, a gentleman of dignity, culture and commendable ambition, Mr. Swift is destined to figure in the history of California as one of the leading citizens. His consent to become a representative in Congress will not be difficult to obtain, when the majority so determine. He is a member of the Committees on Judiciary, Corporations, Federal Relations, the Joint Special Committee on the Chinese Question, and the Committee on Bank Investigations. He is also one of the Regents of the State University.
Hon. Rees B. Thompson.
[San Joaquin County]
Is a member of the Assembly, representing the County of San Joaquin, and resides 10 miles below Woodbridge, on the Mokelumne River; is a married man; 46 years of age; politically a Democrat, and by occupation a farmer. He is a native of Virginia, and came to California from Missouri in 1850. Mr. Thompson has never served in any public office or capacity of a political nature before, not being an office-seeker. But he is one of the right men in the right place--a safe man to send to the Legislature, and his constituents will have no cause to regret sending him. He is a member of the Committee on Claims and State Hospitals, and chairman of the Committee on Agriculture.
Hon. J. J. Tobin.
[San Francisco County]
Represents the Twelfth District, San Francisco; is an Irishmen by birth, 40 years old, married, and politically a Democrat. He came to California from Missouri in 1871, and is a stockbroker by profession. This is Mr. Tobin's first legislative experience. He is about the medium-size, inclined to baldness, and wears gold spectacles, giving him an aristocratic appearance. He is a man of intelligence and ability, and possesses a business capacity which makes him a useful member. He is chairman of the Committees on State Capitol Library, and Agriculture, Mining and Mechanic Arts College, and a member of the Committee on Military Affairs.
Hon. B. F. Tuttle.
Is member of the Assembly from Sonoma County. He is a native of Maine; married; age to 48 years, and of Democratic proclivities. He resides at Petaluma, and follows merchandising. Mr. Tuttle is now serving his third term in the Assembly, and has served two sessions in the Senate. He makes an excellent legislator, is a good parliamentarian, industrious, and has the welfare of his constituents constantly in view. He is much respected by his fellow-members of both parties, and is one of the most prominent men of his party. He is chairman of the Committee on Corporations, and a member of the Committees on Education, and Ways and Means.
Hon. Lewis M. Warden.
[San Luis Obispo & Mendocino Cos.]
Is a member of the Assembly from San Luis Obispo County, 52 years old; married; a farmer and stock raising by occupation, and resides at the town of San Luis Obispo. He is a Democrat, a native of Ohio, and came across the plains to California in 1850 with pack animals, making the trip from Kanesville to "Hang Town" in sixty-two days. Mr. Warden was a former resident of Mendocino County, and filled the office of Sheriff of that County nearly nine years. Since his location in his present county, he has served on the Board of Supervisors for two years, and his integrity in that capacity begot him the confidence of his constituents, and resulted in his election to the Assembly. Mr. Warden is a member of the Grange, and a popular and much respected citizen at home. As a legislator, he is sound, industrious and economical, and makes a good representative. He is a member of the Committees on Agriculture, Mining and Mechanic Arts College, and Counties and County Boundaries.
Hon. Byron Waters.
[San Bernardino County]
A member of the Assembly from San Bernardino County, is a native of Georgia, a resident of the town of San Bernardino, a practicing attorney, and a Democrat politically. He is about 28 years of age, and left his native State for California in 1867. He is a medium sized gentleman, stoutly put up, dark, full of energy and vim, and frequently takes a hand in debate with effect. This is his first experience as a legislator. He is a member of the Committee on Judiciary, Ways and Means, and Corporations. He is a married man.
Hon. Sanford K. Welch.
Assemblyman representing Lake County, was born and raised in Kentucky, and immigrated to this State from St. Joseph, MO, in 1863. Mr. Welch is a married man, and has one daughter living. He represented the joint Counties of Lake and Napa, in the session of 1873-4; he is a staunch Democrat, but last Fall was elected as Independent, in consequence of taking a decided stand against railroad and other monopolies, his opponents being non-committal on these important questions; he was an anti-Farley man, and could not be induced to join in with the caucus that nominated Mr. Farley. Mr. Welch was twice elected District-Attorney of his county, and filled the office to the entire satisfaction of the citizen. He has made a record of a square, honest gentleman, and we must question if the most persistent lobbyist would have the impudence to approach them with a bribe; he lays no claim to brilliancy of intellect, but is evidently a plain, blunt man, and we judge a tolerably good lawyer, at least a sober, pains-taking one. Judge Welch is chairman of Committee on Public Lands, and a member of the Judiciary Committee. He is 47 years of age, and taking into consideration his abstemious habits, his life is good for as many more years. He is a stockholder in and attorney for the Lakeport Bank. Judge Welch is a descendant of Revolutionary stock, and is justly proud of his ancestry; his grandfather, on the paternal side, was a soldier of the Revolution, and his grandmother, on the same side, a niece of General Daniel Morgan, who made so much stir in the wars of his time. Mr. Welch comes of fighting stock, and, judging from his looks, we judge he has not deteriorated so much but that he would endeavor to keep up the honor of his ancestry, if put to the pinch.
Hon. R. Wheat.
Represents the County of Calaveras in the Assembly, and resides at Double Springs. He is a native of Kentucky; a Democrat; a married man, with a nice crop of young wheat growing up around him, while he is fast ripening for the garner, being about 62 years of age. Mr. Wheat came to California in 1849, and return to Iowa in 1850, remaining there about three years, during which time he was elected Sheriff for two years. In 1853 he again returned to California, bringing his family with him this time, and settled in his present locality. He has since been the County Surveyor for eight years, and also the Deputy United States Surveyor of mineral lands. He is a safe man to send to the legislature; it is a preacher of economy, and is ever found opposing extravagance, whether in high or low places. This is his first session as a Legislator. He is a stock-raiser and a farmer by profession. He is chairman of the Committee on Roads and Highways, and a member of Committees on Culture of Grapevine, Indian Affairs, Mines and Mining and Public Lands.
Hon. James H. Whitlock.
[Plumas & Lassen Cos.]
Is a member of the Assembly, and represents the joint Counties of Plumas and Lassen. He resides at Greenville, Plumas County, and is engaged in mining. He is a surveyor by profession, and has served his county in that capacity for five years. He is a married man; a Republican; a native of Illinois, and left his native's State for California in 1850. This is his first session in the Legislature. At the commencement of the rebellion he raised Company F, Fifth Infantry, California Volunteers, who were mustered into service at Camp Union, Sacramento, and he was appointed their Captain. They proceeded to Los Angeles under orders, and established Fort Drum; thence to Tucson, Arizona, where they remained for some time looking after the Indians. While in that region he established Fort West on the Gila River, and Fort Seldon on the Rio Grande. He next proceeded to New Mexico, and established Fort Mimbres; from which he and his company, on one occasion, pursued a body of thieving Indians for seventeen days, on half rations, and captured them and their booty, for which he was promoted to the rank of Major by General Orders. In the honor of the event the locality is now known as "Whitlock Ciennega." He also did Indians service with Kit Carson in Colorado. He was continued in service nearly six years, his discharge dating December 3rd 1866. In 1867 he was a candidate for Surveyor-General. Since then he has been merchandising. He was elected to his present position by a majority of over 400, besides overcoming a Democratic majority of about 60. Mr. Whitlock is about 47 years of age; energetic, and fully alive to his duties, and the interests of his people, who will have no cause to be ashamed of their representative. Mr. Whitlock is a member of the Committees on Counties and County Boundaries, Roads and Highways, and Agriculture, Mining and Mechanic Arts College.
Hon. M. W. Wilson.
Is a representative of Placer County in the Assembly, and resides at Dutch Flat, where he is a practicing physician and surgeon; is a widower; 47 years of age; a native of Massachusetts, and came from Saratoga, New York, to California in 1852; returned to New York in 1858; followed his profession there until the rebellion broke out, when he joined the 118th Regiment as its Surgeon, and was in an active service in the Union Army of the Potomac four years, during most of which time he had charged of the Relay Hospitals in Maryland. The doctor is a staunch Republican; a gentleman of culture and ability, and makes a good substantial member. This is his first experience as a legislator. He is a member of the Committee on Mines and Mining, Retrenchment and State Hospitals.
Hon. Albert Young.
[Contra Costa County]
Is the representative of the County of Contra Costa, and resides at Dannville; he is a married man; a teacher by profession; 36 years of age, and the first Democratic Assemblyman from his county during sixteen years; he is a native of Missouri, and came to California from his native State in 1862; he is a man of education and ability; and, as Mr. Young is not old, he has ambition, coupled with good sense, we anticipate for him a future of usefulness and honorable distinction among his fellow-men. This is Mr. Young's first experience as legislator. He is chairman of the Committee on Engrossment, and a member of the Committees on Education, and Irrigation.
Hon. J. E. Clark.
[Santa Clara County]
The newly elected representative in the Assembly of Santa Clara County, is a native of England, and resides in Gilroy. He is a married man; about 42 years of age; an independent Democrat politically, and a carpenter by trade and occupation. He was elected to his present honorable position by the "Workingmen's Party," of which he is an enthusiastic member, and was President of its local club in Gilroy. We have had the pleasure of Mr. Clark's acquaintance for some years, and know him to have a reputation for honesty, and industry and uprightness. He is independent in thought and action, and will not be found the tool of any man, or set of men, contrary to his own judgment. Mr. Clark is about the medium height, rather slim, has a wiry constitution, and is quick and energetic. We predict that the "Workingmen" whom he represents, will have no cause to regret their choice. He was elected to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Hon. C. W. Upton, of Santa Clara.
Remarks on Legislation.
Having been present at nearly every day's session since the convening of the Legislature, it may be expected that the editor should have something to say concerning the acts, doings, and sayings of the members; but this we consider foreign to our duty, for the reason that California is but our temporary abode. It must suffice to state that, like all other Legislatures of the Pacific Coast, it might have been better, and it could have been worse. In point of intelligence and dignity, it is a conceded fact that the members of the present session excel those of the previous one. In the Assembly Chamber, immediately above the Speakers chair, flashes in fiery, golden letters, the following Latin axiom: "Legislatorum est Justas leges condere." Over the President's chair in the Senate Chamber, are the words: Senatoris est civitati s liberbatem fueri." Many of the members of the Legislature are serving their first-term, and have scarcely become inurned to the legislative harness, and the consequence is, that much useful time has been frittered away in the unnecessary speech-making, and by frequent adjournments. The bills introduced in the present Legislature bid fare to outnumber those of any previous session, and the closing days promised to be extremely lively. There have been four deaths during the present session; this is unprecedented in this country, and for aught we know, such a mortality has never taken place during the sitting of any of Legislature in any State in the Union. Four such gentlemen as Senators Porter and Angney, and Assemblyman Upton and Ludgate, could be ill spared from such an assemblage. In conclusion we beg leave to express hearty thanks for the marks of kindness we have received from the members and officers; and if this, little book, shall prove pleasing and useful to the purchasers, our labor will not have been in vain.
Source: Pen Portraits, In Sacramento City, during the Session of the Legislature of 1877-8, Compiled by R.R. Parkinson. San Francisco, 1878.
Submitted by: Nancy Pratt Melton.
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