[California]: Republican Party, . 1st Printing. Single sheet leaflet, printed, in red & blue, recto only. Patriotic graphic to top of ticket, bracketed by text: The Laws and Constitution Must be Maintained. 5-7/8" x 3-1/8" [scant]. Now housed in an archival mylar sleeve. Hint of age-toning. VG+. Item #47035
The Daily Alta California Newspaper [cf. 30 August 1863], in advance of the 21 October 1863 election, listed those individuals running for Supreme Court: O.L. Shafter, an attorney from Alameda; John Curry, a career politician from San Francisco; Lorenzo Sawyer, 4th District judge from San Francisco; A. L. Rhodes, a former state senator from Santa Clara; and S. W. Sanderson, an attorney from El Dorado. John Swett, Superintendent of Public Instruction, was from San Francisco.
The Daily Alta was behind this ticket, complimentary of the entire [cf. 13 September 1863]
Sanderson would rise to be the 7th Chief Justice of California. In November 1862, Sanderson ran on the Union branch of the Democratic Party ticket and was elected to the California State Assembly from El Dorado. The following year, under a constitutional amendment reorganizing the courts, all of the seats of the Supreme Court of California were open for election. In June 1863, Sanderson was nominated by the Republicans. In October 1863, he was elected, and by the drawing of lots among the new justices he received the short, two-year term. Under the rules of the court, the justice with the shortest term served as Chief Justice, and so he held the position from January 2, 1864, to January 1866, when his term expired. [wiki]
A rare ephemeral piece documenting this Civil War era election in California.