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Hail Columbia!

Although John Bidwell was a steadfast Democrat in the 1850s, he did not always vote the party ticket. In the 1851 contest for governor, he supported the Whig candidate, his friend Pierson B. Reading (who founded the town of Redding), … Continue reading

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Bidwell the Democrat

John Bidwell told his biographer Rockwell Hunt that during his early years in California he was an “incorrigible Democrat.” As a young man from Missouri, he naturally allied himself with the party of Andrew Jackson.  The Democrats were the party … Continue reading

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Politics and John Bidwell

It’s an election year again and the day to cast your vote for president (and other offices) is just around the corner. The two major parties have put forth their candidates and many people are not happy with the choices … Continue reading

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