The Death of Senator Seaton

One minor mystery from California’s history has been solved.

A biographic note written by Winfield J. Davis in his History of Political Conventions in California, 1849-1892 indicated that State Senator George W. Seaton had died October 13, 1865 “in Yosemite”. It was unclear whether the Davis had meant that Seaton died while visiting the Yosemite Valley (in Mariposa County) or aboard the steamboat “Yosemite” (which had a boiler exploion on October 12, 1865 near Rio Linda, killing 55 passengers and crew).

An article located on Friday morning (“Will of George W. Seaton“, Sacramento Daily Union, Nov. 6, 1865) makes it clear that it was the boiler explosion that killed Seaton.

“Legislators of California” Wins National Award

Legislators of California by Alex VassarJoinCalifornia editor Alex Vassar’s book “The Legislators of California” was awarded a 2011 Notable Document Award by the National Conference of State Legislatures. The award was presented by the Legislative Reference Librarians staff section of the NCSL at its 2011 Annual Conference.

The Legislators of California, published in March 2011, explores the traits that mark both the similarities and differences among the 4,500 people who have served in California’s legislature since 1849.