Villains and Vigilantes: the Story of James King of William and Pioneer Justice in California

Coblentz, Stanton A[Rthur].

Edité par Thomas Yoseloff, New York, 1957
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Titre : Villains and Vigilantes: the Story of James ...

Éditeur : Thomas Yoseloff, New York

Date d'édition : 1957

Reliure : Hardcover

Etat du livre : Very Good

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Viii, [2], 261 pages, illustrations, cloth, very good. From "The San Francisco Bay Region" Vol. 3 page 59-62 by Bailey Millard: James KING of William, one of the most notable and outstanding of the early settlers in California, was born in Georgetown , District of Columbia, on the 28th day of January, 1822, and was the son of William KING. Upon reaching the age of sixteen, James KING, in an endeavor to clarify his identity, in that that there were a number of James KINGS then living in the community where he resided, adopted a method then prevalent and used as part of his name the term "of William" in order that he might be distinguished from the other James KINGS. This designation to his name and its singular form were really strikingly characteristic of the clear cut individuality which animated and influenced James KING of William during the entire period of his remarkable and eventful life. ~ In October, 1855, he engaged in the newspaper business and became editor of the daily San Francisco Bulletin, which journal is still one of San Francisco's leading evening papers. Soon the venture was a splendid success, with a large circulation, plenty of advertisements and a power and popularity excelled by any other journal. He made it a distinctive point to champion good morals, better schools, honestly in public office, exemplary citizenship and professional competency. He fired hot shots at all corrupt public officials, violations of the law, professional gambling, self lauded duelists, flower-ornamented criminals and municipal paralysis and inefficiency. These attacks brought savage response from the offenders. He was finally murdered. His assassination was a deliberate crime engineered by the law breaking class who selected as either tool a convicted felon named James P. CASEY. Mr. KING of William was deliberately shot on May 14, 1856, at the northeast corner of Montgomery and Washington streets. He died on the 20th of May, and two days later his assassin was hanged by the Vigilance Committee. ; 261 pages. N° de réf. du libraire 29283

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