About this title: Purchase includes free access to book updates online and a free trial membership in the publisher's book club where you can select from more than a million books without charge. Chapters: Nevada Supreme Court Justices, J. Neely Johnson, Myron E. Leavitt, William A. Massey, Frank Herbert Norcross, Thomas Porter Hawley, List of Nevada Supreme Court Justices, David Zenoff, Robert E. Rose, William H. Beatty. Excerpt: John Neely Johnson (August 2, 1825 August 31, 1872) was an American lawyer and politician. He was elected as the fourth Governor of California from 1856 to 1858, and later appointed justice to the Nevada Supreme Court from 1867 to 1871. As a member of the American Party, Johnson remains one of only two members of a third party to be elected to the California governorship (the only other being Frederick Low, who was elected on a National Union Party ticket.) Born in rural Gibson County, Indiana, Johnson studied to become a lawyer, successfully completing his studies at the age of 21 in Iowa. In July 1849, Johnson abandoned law to join the Gold Rush in California. Johnson briefly employed himself as a gold prospector, and later as a mule train driver. Upon settling in Sacramento, Johnson restarted his law career, and at the age of 25 in 1850, was elected as Sacramento city attorney. After two years of working in the City Attorney's office in the growing inland city, Johnson embarked on beginning a political career. In the 1852 general election, running as a Democrat, Johnson was elected to the California State Assembly as one of four members representing Sacramento. During his time in the Assembly, Johnson famously nearly broke a local editor's nose after accusing the editor of writing an insulting article on the young Assemblyman. The editor pulled out a pistol and aimed it at Johnson, but was tackled by onlookers before he could fire. By 1854, both the state and federal wings of the Democratic Party increasingly spli... More: http://booksllc.net/?id=774252
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