Monthly Archives: March 2019

The Scandalous Saga of Senator Sharon and Sarah Althea Hill — part 4

But wait — it gets better! The counsel for the defense (William Sharon’s side) had a string of strange witnesses and bizarre testimony. Sarah, seemingly desperate to find and keep a sugar daddy, sought help from fortune tellers and charm … Continue reading

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The Scandalous Saga of Senator Sharon and Sarah Althea Hill — part 3

While Sarah Althea Hill’s suit for adultery was still pending, ex-Senator Sharon filed his own civil suit in federal court against her for falsely alleging that they were married. He could sue in federal court because he claimed residency in … Continue reading

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The Scandalous Saga of Senator Sharon and Sarah Althea Hill — part 2

The court dismissed the suit against William Sharon for adultery on a technicality, so Sarah Althea Hill promptly sued for divorce. Of course, in order to obtain a divorce, she first had to prove that they had been married. Her … Continue reading

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“Sarah and the Senator”

I learned of the story of William Sharon and Sarah Althea Hill from the book you see here. I sort and price books for the Chico Friends of the Library’s weekly book sale, and that’s how I came across the … Continue reading

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The Scandalous Saga of Senator Sharon and Sarah Althea Hill

In San Francisco, on Saturday, September 8, 1883, William Sharon, a former U.S. Senator from Nevada and a wealthy man about town, was arrested on a charge of adultery. This was a surprise to all who knew the senator since … Continue reading

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Spring, Glorious Spring!

Albert Bierstadt’s painting is a romanticized view of spring in California, and yet I think we know that sometimes, if you go to the right spot at the right time, and close one eye, so that the electrical wires and … Continue reading

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