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.

California’s Legislature, 2011 ed.

Thursday marked the release of the 2011 edition of California’s Legislature by the Assembly Chief Clerk’s Office. The book, updated and released periodically since the 1940s, was most recently updated in 2006.

Among the features in the new edition;

  • The party composition of the Legislature for each session since 1849.
  • An expanded glossary of legislative terms.
  • Descriptions of the origin and meaning of the names of California’s counties. (The best is “Napa” which comes from a Native American word meaning either “grizzly bear”, “house”, “motherland”, or “fish”.)

The book can be purchased from the Legislative Bill Room, at 916-445-2645.

State Legislative Primary Candidate Report (9/14/2011)

The current count for state legislative candidates being tracked for the 2012 Primary is;

TOTAL: 219
Legislators: 83 Curent Legislators (38%), 18 Former Legislators (8%), 118 Non-Legislators (54%)
Previous Candidates*: 117 have JoinCalifornia biographies (53%), 102 do not (47%)
Parties:
135 Democrats (62%), 79 Republicans (36%), 4 No Party Preference (2%), 1 Green (0%)

 

* JoinCalifornia.com has candidate biographies for all previous General Election candidates since the 1890s. These candidates are already listed on the JoinCalifornia candidates.