Sargent, Aaron A. & Booth, Newton

California’s 1870s US Senators

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AARON A. SARGENT (1827-1887) Journalist, lawyer, politician, diplomat, called the "Senator for the Southern Pacific Railroad". Born in Massachusetts, moved to Washington in 1847to be a secretary to a Congressman. He moved to California in 1849 and settled in Nevada City in 1850. He was on the staff of the Nevada Daily Journal, eventually becoming it’s owner. He was admitted to the California bar in 1854, becoming district attorney for Nevada County in 1856. He was served in the California Senate in 1856. Sargent was elected as a Republican to the 37th Congress and was reelected to the 41st & 42nd Congresses. In 1861 he authored the first Pacific Railroad Act passed in Congress. He was elected to the Senate and served 1873-79. He was chairman of the Senate Committee on Mines and Mining in the 44th Congress and chairman of the Senate Committee on Naval Affairs in the 45th Congress. In January 1878, Senator Sargent introduced the 29 words that would later become the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, allowing women the right to vote. His wife, Ellen Clark Sargent, was a leading voting rights advocate, and a friend of Susan B. Anthony. The bill calling for the amendment was introduced unsuccessfully each year for the next 40 years. After leaving the Senate he was Ambassador to Germany and turned down the appointment of Ambassador to Russia and made an unsuccessful attempt for the GOP nomination for the Senate in 1885. Sargent was a noted proponent of the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882, eventually renewed in 1892, and again, indefinitely, in 1902, staying in effect until 1943. NEWTON BOOTH (1825-1892) Indiana-born politician, admitted to the bar in 1850, the year he moved to California, where he made his fortune as a saloonkeeper. He returned to Terre Haute in 1857 in 1860 returned to Sacramento, and again engaged in mercantile pursuits. He was the uncle of author Booth Tarkington. He was elected to the California State Senate in 1862, serving in 1863, and was 11th Governor of California from Dec. 8, 1871-Feb. 27, 1875, when he resigned, having been elected to the US Senate. Elected as an Anti-Monopolist, he served March 4, 1875- March 3, 1881; he was not a candidate for reelection in 1880. He was chairman of the Senate Committee on Manufacturers and the Senate Committee on Patents during the 45th Congress. In 1876, the Greenback Party nominated him for Vice President on the ticket with Peter Cooper but he declined the nomination. Signed 4 ľ x 7 autograph album page signed by California’s mid-1870s US Senators, both adding “Cal.” under their signatures

Condition: Very good
Type:Signed Album Page






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