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Controversial nominee for District Attorney of California confirmed in the U.S. Senate on party lines

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05/15/1860
Calhoun Benham had been one of the seconds for David Smith Terry in the notorious California duel that had taken the life of Senator David Broderick a few months before.  Democrats had nominated him as District Attorney for the state of California and that was confirmed in the U.S. Senate by a vote of  29 to 17.  All Republicans present voted against.  Stephen Douglas voted for, earning hostility from Democrat friends of Broderick as well as Republicans.  (By John Osborne) 
Source Citation: 
Hubert H. Bancroft, The History of California, Vol. VII (San Francisco, CA: The History Company, 1890), 260n.
Francis Vincent, Vincent's Semi-Annual United States Register.... 1st of January and 1st of July, 1860 (Philadelphia: Francis Vincent, 1860), 412.

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