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On the 3d August, 1849, Gen. B. Riley, then acting Governor of California, issued a proclamation, in which, after setting forth the anomalous and unsettled position of the country, both in its local and general government, he requested the people, in certain specified districts, to return delegates to a Convention, to form a State Constitution, at Monterey, on the 1st September, 1849. The delegates elected, in accordance with this recommendation, met at Monterey, on the 1st September, 1849, and adjourned over until the fourth, when that body organized by the election of Dr. Robert Semple, President, and William G. Marcy, Secretary.
The representation for each district in the Convention was apportioned as follows: San Diego, 2; Los Angeles, 7; Santa Barbara, 5; San Luis Obispo, 2; Monterey, 5; San José, 7; San Francisco, 9; Sonoma, 6; Sacramento,
San Joaquin, 15. Total, 73. Of this number but forty-eight were present during the sitting of the Convention, as follows: San Diego. Pacificus Ord,
William M. Steuart, Miguel de Pedrorena, Lewis T. Dent.
Francis J. Lippitt,
A. J. Ellis,
Rodman M. Price.
Thomas Lloyd Vernule, Hugo Reid, Antonio M. Pico,
0. M. Wozencraft,
B. F. Moore,
J. McH. Hollingsworth,
J. M. Jones,
Benjamin S. Lippincott.
Jacob R. Snyder,
Winfield S. Sherwood,
L. W. Hastings,
William E. Shannon,
John A. Sutter,
Elisha 0. Crosby,
M. M. McCarver.
The following are the absentees elected and entitled to seats in the Convention;
Los Angeles: Luis Rubideaux, Manuel Requerra. Santa Barbara: Amitasio Carillo, Manuel Imeno. Sonoma: R. Maupin, J. Clyman, L. W. Boggs. Sacramento: John Bidwell, John S. Fowler, James Queen, W. Blackburn, R. M. Jones, W. Lacy, Charles E. Pickett. San Joaquin: S. Haley, C. L. Peck, M. Fallon, B. Ogden, George A. Pendleton, Col. Jackson, Jeremiah Ford, B. L. Morgan, Walter Chapman, San Francisco: W. D. M. Howard.
The Convention adjourned sine die, October 13th, 1849, after a session of forty-three days, during which time a work was consummated of great importance and responsibility, in a manner alike honorable to themselves and their constituents. The result of their labors was presented to the people to be acted upon, on the 13th day of November, 1849, and was almost unanimously adopted by them as the Constitution of the State.
Exhibiting the Names of the Members of the Convention which formed the Con
stitution of California, the Districts represented by them, their Nativity, Age, Profession and present Residence.
NAME. Aram, Joseph. Botts, Charles T. Brown, Elam.. Carrillo, José Antonio Covarrubias, José M... Crosby, Elisha 0.. De la Guerra, Pablo.... Dent, Lewis T. Dominguez, Manuel Dimmick, Kimball H Ellis, Alfred J Foster, Stephen C. Gilbert, Edward. Gwin, William M. Halleck, Henry W Hanks, Julian Hastings, L. W. Hill, Henry.. Hobson, Joseph Hollinsworth, J. McH. Hoppe, J. D.. Jones, J. M.. Larkin, Thomas 0. Lippitt, Francis J. Lippincott, Benjamin S McCarver, M. M.. McDougal, John Moore, B. F.. Norton, Myron.. Ord, Pacificus Pedrorena, Miguel de. Pico, Antonio M. Price, Rodman M Reid, Hugo Rodriguez, Jacinto Sansevaine, Pedro, Shannon, William E Sherwood, Winfield s. Snyder, Jacob R Stearns, Abel.. Steuart, William M. Semple, Robert... Sutter, John A...... Tefft, Henry A... Vermule, Thomas L Vallejo, Mariano G.... Walker, Joel P.. Wozencraft, O. M..
Dis'ct Represented. Age. Where Born. Emigrated from. Res. in California. Profession. Present Residence. San José 39 New York, Illinois
Three years. Farmer
Deceased Monterey 40 Virginia. Virginia, Sixteen months.... Lawyer
Sacramento San José 52 New York. Missouri. Three years...
Fifty-three years... Ranchero
Thirty-six years... Ranchero
33 Virginia. Virginia, Seventeen months..U.S. Army.. Washington,
Three years. Lieut. Volunteers.
25 Kentucky Louisiana Four months. Lawyer
Belmont, San Mateo
34 Maryland Louisiana Eight months
Deceased 32 New York,
66 . Four months.
'Hock Farm,' Sutt'r
Sonoma 52 Virginia,
Missouri Thirteen months... Farmer San Joaquin .. 34 Ohio
Louisiana .. Four months..... Physician.. Los Angeles...
XXX.-STATE OFFICERS, From the Organization of the State Government, Dec. 1849, to 1859. OFFICERS. Term 1850–51. Term 1852–53. Term 1851-55 Term 1856–57. Term 1858–59. Governor P. H. Burnett (a) John Bigler John Bigler. J.Neely Johnson John B. Weller.. Lieut. Gov'r J. McDougall (Samuel Purdy .. Samuel Purdy : R. M. Anderson Joseph Walkup.. Sec. of State W. Van Voorbies W.V.Voorhies(9) J.W. Denver (1) D. F. Douglass. Ferris Forman...
Jas. W. Denver. C.H. Hempstead Controller.. John S. Houston. W. 8. Pierce... Samuel Bell ... G. W. Whitman A. R. Meloney (n.)
E. F. Burton (k) Treasurer .. Richard Roman. Richard Roman, s. A. MeMeans. Henry Bates. Thomas Findley.
J.L. English (1) Att'y-Gen’I E.J.C. Kewen (os. C. Hastings... J.R. Mċċonnell Wm. T. Wallace T. H. Williams..
J. A. MeDougall
Moorhead (d) W.H. Richardson Wm. c. Ribbe. Wm. Č. Kibbe . Wm. c. Kibbe..
W.H. Richardson Wm. C. Kibbe (0) Adj't-Gen’l. J. R. Per Lee (e).
E. W. McKinstry st'te Printer H. N. Robinson() Eug.Casserly (G.Kerr & Co. (James Allen ... John O'Meara ...
J. Winchester... SG.K. Fitch & B. B. Redding .
Eugene Casserly.11 V. E. Geiger
(a) Resigned Jan. 8th, 1851. Was succeeded by 1854, and B. B. Redding elected by the
John McDongal for remainder of the term. Legislature May 4th, 1854, who was suc() David C. Broderick elected President of the ceeded Jan. 1st, '56, by James Allen. The
Senate, made vacant by the accession of the present incumbent is John O'Meara.
(9) Resigned February 19th, 1853. James W. (c) Resigned 1850. James A. McDougall elected Denver appointed to vacancy. to vacancy.
(h) Act creating office repealed. Secretary of (d) Removed. William H. Richardson appoint- State made ex officio Superintendent of Pub ed to vacancy, April 26th, 1851.
lie Buildings May 12th, 1853. (e) Resigned September 24th, 1850. William H. (6) William C. Kibbe appointed Quartermaster. Richardson appointed to vacancy.
General June, 1852, under Militia Law of () H. H. Robinson resigned May 4th, 1850. J. 1852, which provides that the Quartermas
Winchester appointed same date, who also ter-Gen'l shall be ex officio Adjutant-Gen'l. resigned March 28th, 1851. Eugene Cas. 6) Resigned November 1st, 1855. Charles H. serly was elected by the Legislature, May Hempstead appointed to vacancy. 1st, 1851, and continued in office until (k) Appointed February, 1857, vice George W. the contract system of 1852 was carried into Whitman temporarily suspended. effect. Contract awarded to G. K. Fiteh (1) Appointed February, 1857, vice Henry Bates and V. E. Geiger June, 1852, who trans- resigned. ferred the same, by consent of the Legisla- (m) Term commenced January 1st, 1857. Term ture, to George Kerr & Co., February 3d, of office, three years. 1853. Contract system repealed Maj Ist, 1 (n) Elected September, 1858.
XXXI.—JUDGES OF THE SUPREME COURT,*
N. Bennett (a).
E. H. Tharp
Edward Norton....N. Bennett..
1853. H. A. Lyons (6)... H. C. Murray H. C. Murray. S. Heydenfeldt s. Heydenfeldt (c). Alex. Wells (). E. H. Tharp.. P. K. Woodside K. P. Hepburn.
H. P. Hepburn.
1858. H. C. Murray: H. C. Murray. H.C. Murray
H. C. Murray
David S. Terry. S. Heydenfeldt.. 8. Heydenfeldt.... S. Heydenfeldt. D. S. Terry J. G. Baldwin(d).
Alex. Wells (6). C. H. Bryan (b) D. S. Terry P. H. Burnett (c).. Stephen J. Field.
to vacancy ; elected Nov. 1852, for unex- until Sept. 1855, when David S. Terry was
(c) Elected Sept. 1851, as successor of Judge Has. (6) Resigned April, 1852. A. Anderson appointed tings, for the term of six years from Jan. 1, to vacancy Alexander Wells elected in
1852. Resigned Jan, 13, 1857. Peter H. 1852, for the unexpired term to 1854, and Burnett appointed to vacancy. Ayain elected Oct. 1853, for the full term. (d) Joseph G. Baldwin elected Oct. 1858, for reJudge Wells died Oct. 31, 1854. Chas. H. mainder of term, to 1862.
* For terms and salaries of Judges of the Supreme Court see p. 90.
XXXII.-LEGISLATURE OF CALIFORNIA.*
SEAT OF GOVERNMENT, SACRAMENTO.
MEMBERS OF THE LEGISLATURE.—The Constitution of California provides that the number of Members of the Assembly shall not exceed eighty, and that of the Senators shall not be less than one-third nor more than one-half of the Assembly. The term of the Senators is two years, one-half of which expire each year; of the Members of Assembly, one year.
FIRST SESSION.-Organized Dec. 15, 1849, at San José, and adjourned, after a session of one hundred and twenty-nine days, on the 22d of April, 1850. Number of members : Senate, 16; Assembly, 36; total, 52.
SECOND SESSION.—Organized at San José, January 6, 1851, and adjourned after a session of one hundred and sixteen days, on the 1st of May, 1851. Number of members: Senate, 16; Assembly, 36; total, 52.
THIRD SESSION.-Organized at Vallejo, January 5, 1852; removed to Sacramento, January 12, 1852, and adjourned after a session of one hundred and twenty-one days, on the 4th of May, 1852. Number of members: Senate, 27; Assembly, 62 ; total, 89.
FOURTH SESSION.—Organized at Vallejo, January 3, 1853; removed to Benicia, February 4, 1853, and adjourned after a session of one hundred and thirty-seven days, on the 19th of May, 1853. Number of members: Senate, 27: Assembly, 63; total, 90.
FIFTH SESSION.—Organized at Benicia, January 2, 1854; removed to Sacramento February 25th, 1854, and adjourned after a session of one hundred and thirty-four days, on the 15th of May, 1854. Number of members: Senate, 34;t Assembly, 80; total, 114.
SIXTH SESSION.—Organized at Sacramento, January 1, 1855, and adjourned after a session of one hundred and twenty-seven days, on the 7th of May, 1855. Number of members: Senate, 33; Assembly, 80 ; total, 113.
SEVENTH SESSION.-Organized at Sacramento, January 7, 1856, and adjourned after a session of one hundred and six days, on the 21st of April, 1856. Number of members : Senate, 33; Assembly, 80; total, 113.
Eighth SESSION.-Organized at Sacramento, January 5, 1857, and adjourned after a session of one hundred and thirteen days, on the 30th of April, 1857. Number of members; Senate, 33; Assembly, 80; total, 113.
Ninth SESSION.—Organized at Sacramento, January 4th, 1858, and adjourned after a session of one hundred and twelve days, on the 26th of April, 1858. Number of members: Senate, 35; Assembly, 80; total, 115. * For Officers of the State Legislature, etc., see pp. 82–88. See Constitution of the State, Art. IV,
+ The first Senatorial District was represented in the Senate of 1854 by two members : making the number of Senators of that session one more than is provided for by the apportionment of 1853.
1. OFFICERS OF THE LEGISLATURE
Of the State of California, from the Organization of the State Government,
December 1849, to 1858.
s. Purdy. pro tem. E. K. Chamberlain. E, Heydenfeldt. B. F. Keene. B. F. Keene. Secretary
J. F. Howe.. J. F. Howe. A. C. Bradford. A. C. Bradford...
Assis't. W. B. Olds. W. B. Olds. J. G. Stebbins... J.S. Love..... Enrolling Clerk.. A. W. Luckett. H. W. Carpentier. . W F. McLean.. ... J. L. Trask. Engrossing B. Dexter (a).
E. Covington,... P. K, Woodside... W. G. Marcy. F. T. Eldridge. Serg'nt-at-Arms. T. J. Austin.. C. Burnham .IC. Burnham.. G. W. Ten Broeck Door-Keeper.. E. Russell,
W. B. Stockton....IG. W. Harris. E. C. Dowdigan..
President ... S. Purdy. S. Purdy.. R. M. Anderson R. M. Anderson J. Walkup.
pro tem B. F. Keene... R. T. Sprague.. D. R. Ashley... S. H. Dosh..... S. A. Merritt.. Secretary ...J. Y. Lind,... W.A.Cornwall(cW. Bausman...G.S. Evans. ...T. N. Cazneau..
J. T. Ewing....
1858. Speaker.. C. S. Fairfax...W. W. Stowe... J. T. Farley... E. T. Beatty...
N. E. Whitesides pro tem J. W. Mandeville J, J. Hoff.... T. B. McFarland J. O'Neill. Clerk B. McAlpin.. J. M. Anderson. J. M. Anderson. W. Campbell... J. W. Scobey..
Assist't J. W. Scobey... J. W. Scobey... A. M. Hayden. . J. W. Scobey... J. N. Bingay, Enrol'g Cl'k J. Kimmell.. C. Dannals... J. Powell... R. Lambert....E. J. Mitchell. Engross'g"
E. A. Kelly ... E. A. Kelly T. Moreland. ...S. B. Harris.... W. McConnell.. S'gt-at-Arms G. H. Blake...B. McAlpin. E. Gates.. S. F. Brown. J. F. Quin. Door-Keeper J.H.Warrington T. F. W. Price.IJ. D. G. Quirk. J. J. Frazier...JA. F. Wagner,
(a) T.'J. White resigned February, 1850. John
Bigler elected Speaker. Geo. B. Tingley
elected Speaker pro tem. March 25, 1850. (6) Elected Clerk Supreme Court February 21.
John Nugent to vacancy. (c) Mr. Ohr appointed Assistant Clerk and F.H.
Sandford, Enrolling Clerk, G.0. McMullin
elected Transcribing Clerk, Jan. 26, '50. (d) Resigned Feb. 15, 1853 and J. G. Stebbins
elected to vacancy. (e) Resigned April 21. R. H, Dearing elected