The Road to Civil War

Milton S. Latham

(23 May, 1827 — 4 March, 1882) Latham was an American lawyer and politician. Born in Columbus, Ohio, Latham studied law and was admitted to the bar in 1848. After moving to San Francisco in 1850, Latham served as Clerk of the Recorder's Court in 1850 and District Attorney for the Sacramento district in 1851. Latham was elected as a Democrat to the Thirty-third Congress but declined to be a candidate for renomination in 1854. Latham served as Governor of California from 1859 to 1860. After resigning, having been elected Senator, Latham was elected as a Democrat on January 11th, 1860 to the United States Senate to fill a vacancy after the death of David C. Broderick. Latham took his seat on March 5th, 1860 and served until March 3rd, 1863. Later, Latham became the president of the New York Mining and Stock Exchange, and died in New York City in 1882. [Source: 'Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1774- Present', available at]

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