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B.F. Washington

Virginia & California

B.F. Washington "was born in Jefferson county, Virginia, in 1820, admitted to the bar in Virginia, and practiced there for some years. He came to California in 1850, and in that year was elected the first recorder or police judge of Sacramento city. At the end of his term he resumed law practice in Sacramento. In 1952 he became editor and part proprietor of the Democratic State Journal at Sacramento. He became also part owner of the Times and Transcript in the same city. He found his duel with Washburn when he was diting that paper. Washington was collector of the port of San Francisco under President Buchanan, 1857-1860. He was editor of the San Francisco Examiner from June, 1865, until his last illness, six weeks before his death [in San Francisco, on January 22, 1872]. . . . He had decided gifts as an orator and a poet." [Oscar Tully Shuck, History of the Bench and Bar of California 412
(Los Angeles: The Commercial Printing House, 1901)]