Category Archives: William M. Gwin

Chivalry vs. Tammany

   Gwin and Broderick Political power in California was in the hands the Democratic Party during the 1850s. Or at least, that’s the way it started out. The opposing party, the Whigs, were fading nationally, and in California, where the … Continue reading

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William Gwin in California

William M. Gwin got everything he wanted out of California, and he got it quickly. Gwin arrived in San Francisco in June of 1849 and immediately jumped into the whirlwind of California politics. California at the time was under a … Continue reading

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William M. Gwin

If you covet a seat in the U.S. Senate, one way to get it is to find a place that is just about to become a state, and make yourself a leader in state politics. Come with the air of … Continue reading

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