California Political History and The Lone Ranger (2013) movie

“Latham Cole” from The Lone Ranger (2013)

It has been more than two years since we wrote about Johnny Depp’s portrayal of the vampire Barnabas Collins in the movie “Dark Shadows”. Collins, as you may remember, was apparently named after a 1900s Assemblyman buried at the Sacramento City Cemetery.

It’s happened again.

In the Lone Ranger, a western movie set in 1869, the villain is a railroad tycoon named Latham Cole. It’s an interesting name, and may have been made by combining the names of two 1860s U.S. Senators from California (Milton S. Latham and Cornelius Cole). Latham served both as Governor in 1859-1860 and then as U.S. Senator 1860-1863, while Cole served in the U.S. Senate between 1869-1873.

  • FUN FACT ABOUT SENATOR COLE: His lifetime overlapped that of every US President between (but not including) George Washington and Bill Clinton.


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